Jackson’s Township Council is set to make two moves at Tuesday night’s meeting that sends a clear message to frum residents of the township: you’re not welcome here.
Despite years of litigation and legal setback after legal setback for the township due to ordinances it passed that were alleged to target the frum community, the Council on Tuesday night is expected to pass a new ordinance targeting real estate signs – placing restrictions on what “for rent,” “for sale,” or “open house” may be placed on properties and requiring permits for the placement of such signs.
The history of this ordinance is itself rooted in antisemitism. For years, anti-frum residents have complained at meetings about realtor signs being placed on lawns, which they said played a role in Jackson residents selling their homes and often to Orthodox Jews. Residents also claimed that placing such signs amounted to Jews “marking their territory” and “blockbusting.”
The Jackson Township Council was set to vote on the ordinance in December but pulled it at the last second.
In what is perhaps a more disturbing development, the Jackson Township Council is also on Tuesday night set to appoint Eleanor Hannum – a longtime foe of the Jews in Jackson who makes it her business to find as many complaints as possible against them at every township meeting – to the Rova Farms Advisory Board, which will be officially formed on April 12th.
Hannum has been listed in both the federal Justice Department lawsuit against Jackson and the New Jersey AG’s lawsuit against Jackson as influencing the Jackson Council to enact antisemitic ordinances targeting shuls and schools.
Hannum’s appointment, as well as the enactment of the realtor sign ordinance, would send an extremely negative message to the frum community in Jackson, which has bent over backwards to accommodate the wishes and wants of their antisemitic neighbors, to no avail.