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Trenton NJ, Murphy Administration Pushing to Amend NJ’s Law against Discrimination to make violent offenders, including murderers and rapists a protected class.
Assemblywomen Holly Schepisi said yesterday on Facebook ,”I feel like I’m in the Twilight Zone. The NJ Division on Civil Rights (the arm of the Governor’s Office) is currently arguing in our Housing Committee meeting that NJ’s Law against Discrimination should be the first in the nation to be amended to make violent offenders, including murderers and rapists a protected class in the State of NJ and that if a landlord refused to rent to such a person because of their criminal background the landlord could be sued under NJ’s Law Against Discrimination , receive attorneys’ fees, penalties, etc. An interesting side note is crime victims in Nj are not provided with the same protections.”
The promoters of this type of legislation are are old friends at Fair Share Housing Center, the promoters of forced over development and urbanization.
Fair Share Housing Center Director of Racial Justice Policy James Williams issued the following statement in response to the Assembly Housing Committee’s decision to advance A1919, the New Jersey Fair Chance Housing Act, without key protections:
We are disappointed that the Assembly Housing Committee voted today to advance a deeply flawed version of the New Jersey Fair Chance Housing Act that would fail to protect Black and brown residents from discriminatory housing practices that drive intergenerational poverty.
A1919 was meant to “ban the box” by preventing landlords from discriminating against prospective tenants with prior criminal records. For decades, landlords have used applicants’ pasts to deny them access to safe, affordable housing.