30 Issues Day 14: NJ Affordable Housing

Thursday, October 08, 2009

In New Jersey, the tricky issue of affordable housing is made that much more complicated by the structure of home rule. Peter Kasabach, executive director of New Jersey Future, a nonprofit research and policy organization, explains what the main elements are. Plus, Peter Woolley, Executive Director of Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind Poll and Professor of Comparative Politics at FDU, discusses how the issue may play in the Governor's race.


Peter Kasabach and Peter Woolley

Comments [3]

Jay Corbalis from Trenton, NJ

For those interested in this and other land-use issues in New Jersey, check out New Jersey Future's blog, Garden State Smart Growth, at

Oct. 09 2009 09:35 AM
Jeff from Mahwah

Brian, when you say "progressive," do you mean we're making some kind of progress, or do you mean it's aligned with "progressive" politics?

Please clarify this highly ambiguous, and typically euphemistic, term.

When your guest says (unchallenged), everybody has to kick in a "little money," is that a shallow, specious cliche which sweeps the true costs of Trentonian central planning under the carpet?

I object to the term "affordable housing" because it's a misleading label. What's "affordable" for those lucky, qualified buyers raises the already high cost for those of us who must underwrite the costs, from education, to infrastructure, to health care, to additional services, and on and on.

Oct. 08 2009 11:46 AM
Richard Poole from Summit, NJ

I know a number of supporters of affordable housing of both parties who have significant issues with COAH. Do you believe it is possible or impossible to develop a simple set of regulations that are clear and easy to implement without litigation dragging out the effort, such requiring all developers of more than 4 units to create 20% as affordable units to be occupied first with a hard local preference to create local support.

Oct. 08 2009 10:25 AM

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