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(UNION CITY, NJ) – State Senator Brian P. Stack has officially announced his campaign to support a “YES” vote on the Jersey City Municipal Ordinance #1 Referendum, in order to protect Jersey City neighborhoods from the negative effects of irresponsible short-term rentals.

Senator Stack released the following statement:

“As the state senator for District 33, my top priorities are my constituents’ safety, their access to housing, and their quality-of-life,” said Senator Brian P. Stack. “Without basic ground rules in place, Airbnb rentals threaten all three of these basic rights that all Jersey City residents deserve. That is why I will be talking to thousands of Jersey City voters to encourage them to vote “YES” on November 5th.

Voting “YES” on this ballot question is common sense – we need smart regulations to protect our neighborhoods. These regulations allow Airbnb operations to continue, but with basic rules that prevent them from causing noise, trash and parking nuisances for residents. Regulations would also prevent predatory real-estate investors from turning entire neighborhoods into hotels, and driving up rental prices for people who actually live in these neighborhoods. We all understand that Hudson County is built on neighborhoods and knowing your neighbors is critical to protecting your property and public safety. When we know our neighbors, we look out for each other which further promotes the initiative of “See Something – Say Something.”

Airbnb, a $35 billion corporation, is using its corporate cash on expensive ads and mailers to spread misinformation and confuse Jersey City voters about this issue. I will not sit idly by while a greedy tech company attempts to use its corporate dollars to re-write our local laws.

A “YES” vote on November 5th will protect your neighborhood.”

About the ballot question:
Jersey City Municipal Ballot Question #1 asks voters whether or not they support Ordinance 19-077, a law that was passed by the Jersey City Council and Mayor. The law allows short-term rentals to continue, but implements common sense regulations that require them to register with the city, follow rules regarding noise, trash, and parking, and be owner-occupied.