Federal lawmakers plan to stop ‘Bridging the Gap’ for New Jersey residents

A bill passed by the New Jersey State Legislature would stop localities from passing “bridging” ordinances that require residents to move out of their homes and businesses if they don’t have permits, a bill that would also prohibit localities and towns from requiring residents to vacate their homes or businesses.

The bill, which was introduced in January, would prohibit local governments and counties from imposing a residency requirement on nonresidents, including those who have lived in New Jersey for less than five years.

The bill was approved by the State Senate on Tuesday.

The legislation also would prohibit the state from allowing municipalities to restrict the right to relocate.