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Judge’s order for more affordable housing in Princeton could ripple across New Jersey

March 9, 2018 GMT

By Staff

A Mercer County judge on Thursday ordered two affluent New Jersey towns to plan for more low- and middle-income housing within their boundaries, a long anticipated ruling some say might force municipalities statewide to build more affordable housing.

In her decision, Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson endorsed a methodology that concluded the state should add 155,000 affordable housing units by 2025. The number is less than housing advocates sought, but more than towns wanted.

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