Category: Municipal Law

NJ Court Rules Variance Condition Discriminated Against Renters

NJ Court Rules Variance Condition Discriminated Against Renters

In Tirpak v. Borough of Point Pleasant Beach Bd. of Adjustment, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court invalidated a variance provision and associated deed restriction that required one unit of a two-family dwelling to be occupied by the owner and not rented to a third-party tenant. The decision

New Jersey Senate Greenlights Main Street Assistance Program

New Jersey Senate Greenlights Main Street Assistance Program

The New Jersey Senate recently passed legislation that would establish an economic development incentive program to encourage business growth in the commercial areas of smaller municipalities. A companion bill is pending before the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee. Main Street Assistance Program  Senate Bill No. 2256would establish the “Main

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Appellate Division Strikes Down County Register’s Convenience Fee for Electronic Filing

In New Jersey Land Title Association v. Rone, ___ N.J. Super. ___ (App. Div. 2019), the Appellate Division addressed whether a county register or clerk has the authority to charge a “convenience fee” for the electronic filing of documents regarding real property. The Appellate Division held that under New Jersey law such fees

NJ Municipalities Covered under New Minimum Wage Law

Gov. Phil Murphy recently signed minimum wage legislation into law. One of the biggest changes took effect immediately – New Jersey municipalities, counties and schools are now covered under New Jersey’s minimum wage law.  Minimum Wage Law Includes Government Entities Previously, the state government and local government entities were exempt

NJ Senate Passes Bill Requiring Public Disclosure of Bidders’ List

NJ Senate Passes Bill Requiring Public Disclosure of Bidders’ List

On January 31, 2019, the New Jersey State Senate approved legislation that amends the Local Public Contracts Law to require municipalities, counties and other local contracting units to release the names, upon request, of all parties who have received bid documents, if three or more parties have received such documents.

Federal Court Strikes Down New Jersey’s BYOB Advertising Ban

Federal Court Strikes Down New Jersey’s BYOB Advertising Ban

New Jersey’s ban on restaurants advertising “bring your own beer” (BYOB) is unconstitutional, according to a recent federal court decision. In GJJM Enterprises v. City of Atlantic City, Judge Joseph Rodriguez of the District of New Jersey ruled that the ban “places a content-based restriction on speech that fails strict scrutiny

Federal Court Rules Federal Government Can’t Withhold Funding from Sanctuary Cities

Federal Court Rules Federal Government Can’t Withhold Funding from Sanctuary Cities

A New York federal judge recently gave sanctuary cities a significant legal victory. U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos of Manhattan issued a permanent injunctionprohibiting the Department of Justice (DOJ) from imposing immigration-related conditions on Edward Byrne Memorial Assistance Grant (Byrne-JAG) public safety funds distributed in New Jersey, as well as New York City,