On October 26, 2017 the NJ Attorney General filed a Civil Rights suit against the Township of Mahwah and the Township Council members. The suit alleged discriminatory animus infused in ordinances related to a parks ban (since repealed) and a proposed ordinance which would have implicated an eruv (the Township has since promised never to enact such a ban in the future).
The case was transferred to Federal Court in November and is still pending.
Why? The eruv action has settled. Why hasn’t this action?
On December 4th, Robert Moss sought to intervene in the action to protect Green Acres funding on behalf of the public. Today, the AG and other plaintiffs opposed the intervention.
“Plaintiffs oppose the application on the grounds that it fails to make a sufficient showing under Rule 24, Moss’s intervention will unnecessarily complicate and delay resolution of this matter, Plaintiffs’ position. adequately represents the interest of citizens who seek preservation of open space in New Jersey, and the motion is premature as Defendants have yet to file their response to Plaintiffs’ Complaint and the true issues in controversy have not yet emerged.”
What are the “true issues in controversy”?
Stay tuned… perhaps this case isn’t wrapping up after all.