Green: Christie Should Have Signed Democratic Bill Reforming Affordable Housing; Now Must Show Willingness to Compromise

(TRENTON) – Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Jerry Green (D-Union/Middlesex/Somerset), chairman of the Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee, released the following statement Wednesday on the Supreme Court ruling invalidating Gov. Chris Christie’s attempt to abolish the Council on Affordable Housing:

“Today’s court ruling is one more example of the governor’s failure to lead on important issues such as affordable housing.
“Everyone agrees the Council on Affordable Housing has been an ineffective agency that has failed to accomplish its goal. That’s why the Legislature voted in January 2011 to abolish COAH, only to have Gov. Christie inexplicably veto it.
“Our bill was backed by a broad range of businesses, housing advocates, legal experts and local officials who understood it was the best way to provide housing for working class residents, create jobs and spark the economy. The governor, sadly, wanted a court fight. That accomplished nothing.
“If Gov. Christie is truly interested in affordable housing reform, he should take another look at the Democratic bill to abolish COAH and truly work to find a compromise that will benefit everyone.”