Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove responded to Governor Murphy’s decision to pocket veto the common interest community bill (S-2425) which was opposed by the 9th District delegation and thousands of their constituents.
Asm. Brian Rumpf and Asw. 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 legislation’s stated purpose was to consolidate certain laws applicable to all types of common interest communities, a term defined to encompass planned communities with homeowners associations, condominiums, and cooperatives.
“The Majority Party Legislative Leadership decided to ignore the thousands of residents living in age-restricted communities, who our delegation stood shoulder-to-shoulder with in firmly opposing this very unpopular legislation that passed in Lame Duck in the 11th hour on the last day of the legislative session.
“Governor Murphy was consistently updated by our delegation of the intense level of opposition to S-2425, as demonstrated by a massive citizen-led petition drive to stop the legislation from advancing. These efforts obviously had a profound impact in stopping this legislation from being enacted.
“We want to thank and congratulate all of our constituents who engaged in the legislative process by taking a stance on S-2425 as a means of representing the interests of their communities and neighbors. Tremendous credit must be given to Berkeley Township Councilwoman Judy Noonan who organized the petition drive and worked closely with communities across the state to raise awareness about the bill.
“It is also important to note that, the special interests aligned with S-2425 have been put on notice that we are all closely monitoring for the introduction of any common interest community bills. A clear and direct message has been sent by age-restricted communities that were aligned against S-2425: any legislation negatively impacting age-restricted communities will be fought relentlessly by an informed and well-organized coalition of residents who don’t want or need Trenton meddling in their communities’ affairs.
“The introduction of S-2425 should be viewed as the opening round in a more prolonged fight against regulation of age-restricted communities. Consistently, our delegation stated that S-2425 was innocuous, but warned that the legislation was the likely first step in a larger bureaucratic scheme targeting age-restricted communities.
“Then as now, our primary concerns remain focused on another potential fight on S-2425 as well as the introduction of additional legislation which could be far more ‘contentious’ in nature. In our meetings and conversations with constituents, we noted that S-2425 was introduced as a result of the New Jersey Law Review Commission’s Final Report Relating to Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act issued on October 21, 2016.
“Regardless, our delegation, along with a growing coalition of age-restricted communities, stand ready for any proposal that is introduced.”
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