Outrage: Jackson Officials Spied on Frum Residents

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By Jackson Leaks

As reported in a previous article, Jackson officials and staff have been spying on homes suspected of harboring prayer services, staking out the same houses on a regular basis and counting the number of people entering and leaving with “bibles”. In some cases, the same houses were watched over a period of multiple months.

One might wonder why Township Attorney Jean Cipriani didn’t alert anyone to the pointlessness of this activity; after all, while courts have determined that towns can issue violations of noise or other nuisance ordinances if applicable, prayer service in one’s home cannot be regulated in NJ using zoning regardless of how many people or books are involved. The opinion in Farhi v. Deal Borough Commisioners states:

The court therefore holds that the guaranty of freedom of worship as set forth by our State Constitution forecloses any use by a municipal authority of its zoning power to prohibit the free exercise of religious activity in the privacy of one’s home.

Not only have we not found a warning to this effect, but it seems that Cipriani had drafted an ordinance to forbid such prayer gatherings. Unfortunately, we will probably never know how such an ordinance would attempt to circumvent the US Constitution, NJ Constitution and prior case law, as the text of this ordinance is likely considered privileged and deliberative.

However, even if Cipriani did tell them, Jackson doesn’t exactly have a perfect record of following her advice. Take the following warning about how passing a resolution about neighborhood watch groups could lead to penalties in court:

The resolution was then adopted four days later by the council.

11 COMMENTS

  1. I want to tip everyone off.
    You can get a one family house with four bed rooms,two car garage,dining room,living room,two bathrooms and yards space all around for 360 thousand dollars. It’s worth the investment. Spread the word. I spent shabbos at my sons house. It’s very quiet. In fact out of 100 american cities,Jackson is 14 on the list of safest. Safer than Lakewood or five towns. Amazing. Thousands of Jews are moving in and now is the time to buy. Unless you want to squander a hefty price for one boro park condo,invest in Jackson. The name is jewish. We are the sons of Jacob. Jackson. I’m only giving this advice as I know young couples investing in Staten Island for smaller attached homes at 700 thousand dollars. Here you can get it at half the cost. Plus those learning in Lakewood can drive within a few minutes to the yeshiva and there is no morning traffic like other parts have. Check it out.

    • It’s funny that 360K is considered a metziah. Young people: Go live out of town. You can even go to Sullivan County which is not that far away where you can get a house in the 150K-200K range. Fix me uppers under 100K.

      Out of towner

    • Cohen M, Lakewood and Monsey do have Jewish majority governments – did you ever hear of local goyim being harassed by the town governments?! You seem to be another self hating apologist.

  2. 360 is a metziah. In flatbush or boro park a piece of land with a Jackson house would go for way over a million or two. For Yeshivash very frum couples Jackson is the place. For the heimisha baalbatusha typed Tom river is the place.

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