To the Editor:
Dozens of towns across New Jersey, including some in Gloucester County, have reached agreements to finally do their fair share to address our state’s pressing housing affordability crisis following a 2015 legal decision.
These municipalities have agreed to develop thousands of new homes in safe neighborhoods that provide working families – especially African Americans and Latinos – ladders into the middle class by increasing access to good schools and better-paying jobs.
The political stalemate between Governor Christie and the Democrats in Trenton over how to replenish the Transportation Trust Fund has dragged into its third month, with most road and bridge repair projects around the state at a standstill.
With no end to the crisis in sight, Passaic County has filed notice that it intends to sue the state Department of Transportation for any increased costs associated with Executive Order 210, which Christie issued June 30 after attempts to reach agreement with the Democrats on replenishing the Transportation Trust Fund broke down. The order effectively shut down all non-emergency road and bridge repairs financed through the fund.
A channel-dredging project off Barnegat Light and Barnegat Township that would have started next month is now on hold under the governor’s shutdown of transportation project spending, officials confirmed.
A state contract awarded in April would dredge four channels: Double Creek Mainland Channel starting at East Bay Avenue, Barnegat; Double Creek Inlet; High Bar Harbor Channel; and Barnegat Light Stake Channel, located off the municipal boat ramp.
The channels have been shallow since Superstorm Sandy.