Eminent Domain Nastiness in New Jersey

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

My intern Dan Wang has just published a terrific piece of reporting.  Mount Holly, New Jersey pulling out all the stops to uproot a working class neighborhood from their homes. That includes demolishing vacant row houses even as families still reside in the houses next to them. The township, of course, wants to hand the land to a private developer.

This is Dan’s first major publication, and it’s a damned good one. One day, I’ll have trained an army of interns to regularly report stories like this one.

No groin in America will be safe.



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11 Responses to “Eminent Domain Nastiness in New Jersey”

  1. #1 |  Stephen | 

    “No groin in America will be safe.”

    I guess that is a good thing but us regulars are really going to suffer. Maybe it won’t kill and thus make us stronger.

  2. #2 |  Ariel | 

    Kelo, another fine Constitutional decision by SCOTUS. If they can’t whittle it away, they aren’t living up to their government salary.

    I still think it would be a fine thing to target every home of the majority for further development in order to improve eminent domain tax revenues.

  3. #3 |  Jess | 

    Wow home prices have really cratered. I wonder if there is a house (with intact roof and four walls) in the state of New Jersey that a citizen could buy for $32k.

    And now they don’t even have that money left. Any municipality that attempts this kind of crap deserves the looming bankruptcy.

  4. #4 |  Marty | 

    I can’t imagine being retired and settled and having these assholes turn my world upside down. a kick to the nuts, indeed.

  5. #5 |  EH | 

    Jess: That’s the most laughable part, that the bureaucracy is hiding behind an obviously inadequate legal requirement to offer, what was it, $15K? Nobody should have to take a “deal” like that.

  6. #6 |  GeneralGarbage | 

    In NJ, 32k wouldn’t even cover a down payment.

  7. #7 |  Andrew S. | 

    If I ever consider reading the comments on a HuffPo thread again, please shoot me. Thanks.

    I’ll assume nobody actually thinks the damage done to the occupied houses described in the story was done accidentally.

  8. #8 |  pim FEE | 

    Do your interns get paid?

  9. #9 |  lunchstealer | 

    “No groin in America will be safe.”

    Damn you, Radley. At least I wasn’t drinking coffee when I read that.

  10. #10 |  CyniCAl | 

    Time to rebrand this blog as “The NutPuncher.”

  11. #11 |  Stacy | 

    New Jersey is one of the worst states for eminent domain abuse because we have failed to pass any meaningful legislation to curb this abuse. The newer definitions of ‘blight’ are still vague and open-ended, which makes it easier for municipalities to declare property blighted and seize it through eminent domain. A tightened definition of blight would go along way to protect our property rights.