The Appellate Division recently issued a decision critical of the Government Records Council’s (GRC) handling of an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request. The case, Katon v. Department of Law and Public Safety, involved records related to the Office of the Attorney General’s (OAG) investigation into intelligence-gathering conducted by the
The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently considered whether a public employee could be disciplined for his perceived exercise of First Amendment rights. In Heffernan v. City of Paterson, the appeals court held that the individual must provide some evidence that he or she actually exercised those constitutional rights in
Key deadlines are approaching for New Jersey municipalities, on a calendar fiscal year, that are considering holding a public referendum to exceed either the two percent levy cap or the one and a half appropriation cap. In a recent notice, the Division of Local Government Services provided guidance for managing
In Weinberger v. Township of Lakewood, Judge Vincent J. Grasso recently ruled that the Township of Lakewood’s zoning ordinances were null and void because the municipality failed to provide personal notice. While the municipality argued that it was exempt because it conducted a master plan review, the court rejected the
The Appellate Division recently addressed the scope of N.J.S.A. 40A:14-68, which allows a municipality to exercise “supervision and control” over a volunteer fire company, designated as its official firefighting organization. In Newfield Fire Co. No. 1 v. Borough of Newfield, the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division upheld an
In Dobco, Inc. v. Brockwell & Carrington Contractors, Inc., the New Jersey Superior Court recently considered whether a bidder who has been adjudicated the low bidder on a particular contract must disclose as much in subsequent bid submissions if the combination of such projects would cause it to exceed its
The case of Harrison Board of Education v. Netchert, which was recently approved for publication, presented what the court deemed an “interesting conundrum”: whether a referendum question that plaintiff concedes has no actual legal effect on the relationship between the parties nonetheless should be barred. The court ultimately answered no.
In Griepenburg v. Township of Ocean, the Supreme Court of New Jersey addressed the power of municipalities to zone property consistent with their Master Plan and Municipal Land Use Law (MLUL) goals. In addition to finding the ordinances at issue were not were not arbitrary, capricious, or unreasonable, the court