WASHINGTON, DC-One of President Donald J. Trump’s fiercest adversaries has taken notice of an ongoing religious land use lawsuit in Jackson Township and vowed his support for the Orthodox Jewish community against the township. New York Congressman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) spends most of his time trying to impeach President Trump these days, but took some time this week to discuss the Jackson lawsuit at a conference with the plaintiff, Agudath Israel of America.
Nadler said he is very familiar with the case being heard regarding Jackson Township’s zoning laws that Agudath Israel claims unfairly target Jewish residents. He said went to a Yeshiva in Jackson, New Jersey.
“Any time there’s a dispute when a kollel (a large gathering of religious Orthodox Jews focused on religious studies) moves into a community, a shul, a yeshiva or a dormitory…and people resist it, or an eruv that people don’t want, the always win, because of RLUIPA.” Nadler said. “RLUIPA guarantees religious accommodations because RLUIPA says you must give defference to religious needs whether it’s an eruv or a location unless there’s a compelling state need against it, which it almost never finds.”
“I’m very proud of RLUIPA,” Nadler added. “Yeshiva education is the backbone of the Jewish community.”
Correction: Story incorrectly stated Nadler serves the 14th district, which is incorrect.