A State Senate panel approved a measure sponsored by State Sen. Brian Stack (D-Union City) that would allow municipalities to bar evictions for non-payment of rent during the COVID-19 crisis.
“New Jersey families who are unable to afford rent during the COVID-19 pandemic do not deserve to be evicted and thrown onto the streets,” Stack said. “That is just a totally inhumane act during these trying times. Not only is it important we prevent people from becoming homeless, we also need people to stay inside so we can beat the pandemic.”
Such evictions are currently barred by an executive order Gov. Phil Murphy issued in March, though that order is set to sunset two months after New Jersey’s public health emergency ends.
The bill cleared the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee by a 3-2 vote.