State of New Jersey Archives: on Welfare & Poverty


Chris Christie: Gut COAH, the Council on Affordable Housing

The state budget took center stage at New Jersey's republican gubernatorial debate. One of the more heated exchanges by Steve Lonegan and Chris Christie on spending came about over the Council on Affordable Housing or COAH. Lonegan asked, "I'm curious to watch Chris move his position from being in favor of COAH in December, to gutting it and bringing it back in a different form two weeks ago, and to now apparently call for eliminating it altogether. So I'm not really clear what Mr. Christie's position is, today."

Christie responded, "One of the hallmarks of Steve's campaign is to just make it up as he goes along. The fact of the matter is right from day one, I have said I would gut COAH. I guess it was just another one of those times Steve wasn't listening, but just since we're here tonight and you can hear me, I would gut COAH, that's been my position from the beginning and no matter how many times you say something else, it just doesn't make it so."

Source: Newark Star-Ledger coverage: 2009 N.J. gubernatorial primary May 12, 2009

Joe Pennacchio: Redirect welfare to faith-based organizations

Source: N.J. Gubernatorial 2007-2008 Political Courage Test Nov 2, 2007

Jim McGreevey: Require unwed mothers to live at home to receive welfare

Source: 1997 N.J.Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Jul 2, 1997

Jim McGreevey: Require work to receive welfare

Source: 1997 N.J.Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Jul 2, 1997

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