Public use? Never heard of it.
The New Jersey State Supreme Court issued a blow Wednesday to the way municipalities use their power of eminent domain to acquire private land.
In an unanimous ruling, the court said that for land to be taken against the owner’s wishes it must be “blighted” and not merely “not fully productive.”
The ruling is a victory for private property rights but could make it more difficult to redevelop some communities.
It’s sort of a victory, I suppose. A real victory would have been because that’s unconstitutional.