COAH decision due Wednesday from high court

TRENTON – The state Supreme Court will issue its long-awaited ruling on Wednesday regarding whether Gov. Chris Christie had authority to abolish the Council on Affordable Housing.

The court reported this morning that on Wednesday the decision will be handed down regarding whether according to the Executive Reorganization Act, did the governor have the authority to abolish the Council on Affordable Housing.

The question concerns COAH, an independent agency that was created by the Legislature in the Fair Housing Act.

Christie sought to transfer the duties of COAH to the Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs.

COAH has been the source of controversy for years. Its advocates hail its necessity in pursuing the goal of affordable housing for less well-off residents. Its detractors decry its labrynthine regulations and the burdens it puts on municipalities. 

In March 2012, New Jersey’s Appellate Division ruled Christie’s decision to dismantle COAH went beyond the Executive’s authority. The administration appealed the court’s ruling to the Supreme Court.

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