NJ Court Checks Gov. Powers With Affordable Housing Ruling
By Martin Bricketto
Law360, New York (July 10, 2013, 7:52 PM EDT) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday accused the state Supreme Court of judicial activism over a decision denying his authority to abolish independent agencies like the state Council on Affordable Housing, but affordable housing advocates and others greeted the ruling as a win for transparency and an important restraint on executive branch powers.
In thwarting Christie's bid to abolish COAH under the Executive Reorganization Act of 1969, the 5-2 majority opinion from Chief Justice Stuart Rabner made clear that doing away with the often-criticized agency...