Jackson, NJ’s township council voted unanimously last night to ban the construction of dormitories in town, in a move some see as an effort to keep frum Jews and their yeshivos out of the town.
The Asbury Park Press reports that during the public debate about the law, the five-member panel had been mum on the issue. But three of the four council members present — Councilman Rob Nixon was absent due to a scheduling conflict — offered their vocal support before voting.
Councilman Barry Calogero claimed that “this ordinance is not against any race or religion and only a bigoted person would think as much. It’s an ordinance that would preserve our current suburban culture, reduce suburban sprawl and limit wanted overdevelopment in our township.”
Opponents said the new laws were rooted in anti-Semitism.
The Asbury Park Press quoted Lawrence Street resident Michael Jordan who said, “Lakewood is running out of room, so they’re expanding. Whether we like that or not, the reason they’re jumping to every town is because there’s no more room. If you let this happen here – if you let the dorms come in – the roads are going to get worse than they’ve ever been.”