New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed two laws in early February that will support homeowners and renters. First, Gov. Christie signed a law requiring homeowners and landlords to remove lead paint from their properties to limit children’s exposure to the toxic metal. This law comes at a time when many lawmakers are concerned about the dangerous effects of lead exposure on children, including HUD Secretary-designate Dr. Ben Carson, who committed to reducing the presence of lead in HUD-assisted housing during his hearing before the Senate Banking Committee as the nominee to lead the agency.
Gov. Christie also signed a bill to prevent mortgage foreclosures on houses damaged during 2012 Superstorm Sandy, which affected an estimated 365,000 buildings. The law, which Gov. Christie criticized for being poorly written before he ultimately signed it, requires the state Department of Community Affairs to publicly report where funding tied to grant application denials goes, and provides Sandy victims with a temporary stay of foreclosure proceedings if they are eligible for certain programs but have not received funds.