by: Stephen M. Eisdorfer, Esq.
The decision by the United States Supreme Court in Kelo v. New London triggered a nationwide backlash against what were perceived as abuses of the governmental redevelopment and eminent domain powers. In New Jersey, unlike some other states, this backlash has not resulted in legislative restrictions on redevelopment. None of the four bills currently pending before the Legislature, A-492 (Burzichelli), S-559 (Sweeney), S-757 (Rice), and S-1020 (Weinberg), have yet been reported out of committee in the State Senate. The backlash has, however, generated significant incremental changes by the New Jersey state courts. This article summarizes some of those changes.