Christie: COAH decision perpetuates ‘failed social experiment’

Gov. Chris Christie and other GOP lawmakers blasted the state Supreme Court ruling Wednesday that prevented Christie from abolishing the Council on Affordable Housing.

“Both elected branches of government approved the plan to eliminate COAH,” Christie pointed out in a release.

“Not surprisingly, this liberal Supreme Court once again ignores that and continues to blindly perpetuate its failed social experiment in housing.

“The Chief Justice’s activist opinion arrogantly bolsters another of the failures he and his colleagues have foisted on New Jersey taxpayers. This only steels my determination to continue to fight to bring common sense back to New Jersey’s judiciary.”

In a dissenting opinion, Justice Anne Patterson also pointed out that Christie’s proposal was presented to the Legislature, which could have rejected it but didn’t.

Assemblyman Scott Rumana, (R-40), Wayne, decried the ruling, saying that the system under which COAH operates is flawed and hurts municipalities.

“Today’s decision is deeply disappointing and delays the necessary reorganization needed to address the Supreme Court’s affordable housing mandate,” Rumana said in a release. “My position remains unchanged that COAH needs to be abolished. It is an outdated and terrible public policy that has adversely impacted property taxpayers and towns.

“Governor Christie was on the right path to correct a flawed program that began with the original Mount Laurel decision. We are a state that contends with high property taxes, tremendous traffic congestion and dwindling open space. However, through a series of court decisions supporting unworkable COAH mandates, each of these areas have been negatively impacted.

“My colleagues in the Legislature also understand that policies such as ‘bonus density’ requirements in housing developments are in conflict with the goal of controlling property taxes and preserving open space. I look forward to working with them towards a responsible resolution to this issue. COAH has far outlived its usefulness and needs to be overhauled and replaced.”


Christie: COAH decision perpetuates ‘failed social experiment’