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9th District Delegation Testifies Against Common Interest Community Bill S-2425

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Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove (both R-9) testified against common interest community legislation (S-2425) during a hearing of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee.

Assemblyman Brian Rumpf testifying against common interest community legislation (S-2425) during a hearing of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee in Trenton on Dec. 5, 2019. (NJ Assembly GOP)

The 9th District assemblypersons told the members of the committee that petitions with more than 9,000 signatures of residents opposed to the legislation had been submitted for entry into the official record of testimony. The legislators urged the committee to respect the will of the people by holding S-2425 from any further consideration by the Legislature.

Along with their 9th District colleague, Senator Christopher Connors, the delegation has worked closely and diligently over the years with Berkeley Township Councilwoman Judy Noonan in promoting and protecting the rights of residents living in age-restricted communities.

Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove testifying against common interest community legislation (S-2425) during a hearing of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee in Trenton on Dec. 5, 2019. (NJ Assembly GOP)

The delegation offered the following remarks regarding the legislation:

“While on its face S-2425 is innocuous, our constituents stand vehemently opposed to any further action on this unpopular legislation. More than 9,000 people chose to actively engage in this issue by signing petitions opposing the legislation, and meetings to discuss the implications of the bill on their communities were packed. The Legislature should respect the will of people and stop this bill in its tracks.

“Residents of age-restricted communities have asked us why Trenton is even taking up this issue when there are more far pressing and consequential issues that could be addressed, such as reforming the state’s broken school funding formula. That is certainly a fair question.

“Another frequent comment to us is that if residents wanted this legislation, they would have asked for it. The Legislature and Governor Murphy need to understand that these residents place great importance in their ability to run their respective communities, where they have chosen to retire, as they see fit, free from as much government intervention as possible.

“The overriding concern is that S-2425 is just the first of several legislative proposals that will change State laws that impact common interest communities. Justifiably, there is the expectation that future proposals will be far more controversial in nature, impacting constituents such as ours who are living in age-restricted communities.

“The best course of action for the Legislature to take on S-2425 is to take no action at all. In addition to contacting our legislative colleagues, we have sent several communications to Governor Murphy, in the event S-2425 reaches his desk, alerting his Administration to the level of broad and intense opposition to the legislation.”

Despite significant public opposition, S-2425 and its companion bill A-3851 were released by the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee. In June of this year, S-2425 was passed by the Senate with Senator Connors voting No. The legislation would still have to be passed by the full Assembly prior to being sent to the Governor’s desk.

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