NJ Gov. Signs Bill Clarifying Eminent Domain Rules For Blight

Law360, New York (September 10, 2013, 8:48 PM EDT) -- New Jersey municipalities will face a new obstacle when claiming underutilized properties under eminent domain laws after Gov. Chris Christie on Monday signed into law a bill blocking eminent domain takings of underutilized properties unless they meet a standard definition of “blight.”

Christie signed S2447, a bill that amends the state’s Local Redevelopment and Housing Law to set a higher bar for municipalities looking to use eminent domain laws to claim underutilized properties as part of a redevelopment plan. Under the new law, a municipality seeking...
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