(WEST ORANGE, OCTOBER 2) - Schundler for Governor campaign manager Bill Pascoe, responding to Woodbridge Mayor Jim McGreevey’s statements lauding the Mt. Laurel low-income housing decision, today issued the following statement:
“Jim McGreevey’s so-called ‘support’ for low-income housing, court-ordered or otherwise, rings as hollow as Drew Carey’s support for dieting: he may talk a good game, but what are you gonna believe -- what he says, or your own darn eyes?
“Fact: despite McGreevey’s rhetorical support for the Mt. Laurel doctrine, virtually NO Mt. Laurel housing has been built in Woodbridge during his tenure as Mayor.
“Fact: despite McGreevey’s rhetorical support for the Mt. Laurel doctrine, Woodbridge’s township lawyers actually engaged in litigation to prevent such development in Woodbridge -- not just once, but TWICE -- and spent tens of thousands of Woodbridge taxpayer dollars in the process.
“Fact: when faced with losing this court battle and being forced to build affordable housing for working families, McGreevey cut a sweetheart deal with the developers to build higher-density, market-rate housing in Woodbridge and export his affordable housing obligation to another town.
“McGreevey says he opposed the developments that were the subject of litigation because more housing would put a strain on city services, by adding as much as 1,350 units of affordable housing to Woodbridge. But official building permit data from the New Jersey Department of Labor shows that while this litigation worked itself through the courts, Woodbridge added almost 1,000 units of new market-rate housing to its tax rolls.
“These facts lead to only one logical conclusion -- Jim McGreevey was not opposed to more housing being built in Woodbridge, he was opposed to more AFFORDABLE housing being built in Woodbridge.
“In Jersey City, by contrast, Bret Schundler built and rehabilitated over 2,600 units of affordable housing, in fifty separate housing projects. That’s almost one-tenth of ALL the Mt. Laurel affordable housing built in the ENTIRE STATE over the last decade -- despite the fact that Jersey City accounts for less than 3 percent of the state’s population. These projects served seniors, families, created new first-time homeowners, and helped the homeless resettle in transitional housing. And Bret did it WITHOUT being sued under the Mt. Laurel doctrine.
“So whom are we to believe - McGreevey the candidate, who mouths empty rhetoric, or McGreevey the mayor, who puts the lie to his own words? And for those especially concerned about building low-income housing, whom should they support -- the candidate with a proven track record of actually building low-income housing, or the one who went to court to stop it?”