At a case management conference held today, Mercer County Assignment Judge Mary C. Jacobson agreed with the request, from all remaining Mercer County municipal attorneys involved in the Countywide Mount Laurel lawsuit, to delay the trial until after the New Jersey Supreme Court provides its ruling on whether the municipalities are responsible for the “gap period.”
The trial, previously scheduled to start in December, will now be heard on January 9 to wait for the Supreme Court ruling after the Supreme Court took up the case as to whether municipalities are responsible to provide in their affordable housing plans for the prior round of obligation as part of this proceeding. For many towns, it is a difference of hundreds of affordable housing units. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on that case on November 29.
While the trial has been delayed, Judge Jacobson indicated that the Court will “not likely to delay longer.”