State Assembly Candidates Question 2: Affordable Housing


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Nothing has caused more consternation in New Jersey towns in the past year than affordable housing. Verona, and many others in the 26th state Assembly district, are being compelled to allow the construction of hundreds of new units of housing.  Construction of this magnitude could overload schools, infrastructure and municipal services.

Both state Assembly seats in the 26th district are up for election this year, so decided to ask all the candidates what they intend to do about affordable housing if they are elected.  The candidates are Republican incumbents BettyLou DeCroce and Jay Webber, and Democratic challengers Christine Clarke and Verona resident Laura Fortgang. Our first question, last week, asked the candidates what they would do to provide tax relief. Assemblyman Jay Webber did not respond to last week’s question and has again not responded this week. is partnering on this series with, an independently owned local news site that is also read by voters in the 26th legislative district. Every Friday until October 25, we will send the four candidates a question that they must respond to by noon on the following Tuesday. The candidates’ responses are listed in the order in which they were received, and have not been edited in any way, whether for grammar, spelling or length.

QUESTION 2: Since the collapse of the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH), towns across NJ26 have lost control of affordable housing issues to the courts and have spent tens of thousands of dollars on plans and remedies. Should oversight of affordable housing return to the state, and if so, how? 

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].


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