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Gov. Christie Fails to Sign Oversight of House Elevation Contractors Into Law

Legislation introduced in response to home elevation accidents

Legislation that would have provided strict oversight of home-elevation contractors expired without being signed by Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday.

Senate bill S2976 and Assembly bill A4394 expired on Tuesday.

The bills would have called for home elevation contractors to meet certain standards, including registering with the State Department of Community Affairs (DCA), providing proof they have two years of experience in the field, using unified jacking machines exclusively and having $1 million in insurance. Unified jacking machines are designed to make lifting houses safer, according to the Asbury Park Press.

The Senate passed the legislation on Jan. 13 by a vote of 38-1, with one abstension. The Assembly passed the legislation on the same day with a 73-0 vote, with two abstensions.

In passing the legislation, lawmakers agreed to implement changes proposed by the State Attorney General’s Office, according to the report.

The bills had 27 co-sponsors from both sides of the political spectrum, ranging from Assemblyman Chris Brown (R-Atlantic) and Brian E. Rumpf (R-Atlantic/Burlington/Ocean) to Bob Smith (D-Middlesex/Somerset).

Despite this support, Christie didn't sign the legislation into law on Tuesday, allowing it to expire.

The bills were proposed in part due to accidents in Wall, Little Egg Harbor and Highlands last year. Workers were injured and houses were damaged.

It was also proposed in response to testimony from Louisiana homeowners and contractors who witnessed damaged homes as a result of elevation jobs following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, according to the report.

Homeowners were deceived by people calling themselves contractors who had neither the equipment or the experience to carry out the jobs.

Homes in impacted areas are subject to elevation standards after Sandy caused damage along the Jersey Shore in 2012.

JB January 25, 2014 at 10:44 AM
The governor is too consumed with all his scandals that he's failing to satisfy his day to day responsibilities...This house bill is a no brainer. Failing to sign this legislature opens the door for more home owners to be scammed by a cruddy contractors and fly by night operators looking to score a quick buck by learning how to raise a house by trying it...
George Murphy January 25, 2014 at 10:40 PM
Here we go again. The lefties are waiting in the wings to jump to conclusions once more. Now, I also see it as a no brainer, but the media have done the usual: Print and report one side of the story, instead of waiting to gather all of the facts - from both sides - and then print and report EXACTLY, each fact objectively. When are you all going to understand that a person is not guilty until he/she is found to be so by way of legitimate procedure and constitutional protocol. As I said, unless he has a good reason (not an excuse), then the bill should definitely have been introduced into law!
JB January 27, 2014 at 10:03 AM
Why are you calling me a lefty...? You're a hypocrite with your name calling giving me a generic label, how original of you Mr. Murphy..What did I say that warrants calling me a lefty? That the governor is consumed by his scandals to effectively govern? Sorry if the truth hurts. Had there been nothing else going on, this bill should have passed. I will refrain in labeling you. My parents raised me better.
George Murphy January 27, 2014 at 01:45 PM
Sorry JB, then you're a 'lib.' Whatever you are. Firstly, I never referred to you "personally." But another leftist characteristic is taking everything that way. Then what are you? Certainly not a Constitutionalist! If you guys like this sort of unconstitutional law going on, then move to one of MANY countries that prefer that pattern of government. What I said was perfectly clear and concise - but you all hate the truth, hate everyone and hate the country at large. So, don't come attacking me because I was not only correct, but perfectly within my rights to say what I said. The Democrat scandals far outnumber anything on this side of the fence. Deal with it!!!!!!!!!!!!


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