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For Immediate Release:  
For Further Information Contact:
May 18, 2005

Office of The Attorney General
- Peter C. Harvey, Attorney General
Division on Civil Rights
- J. Frank Vespa-Papaleo, Director


Lee Moore


Notice of Proposed Rules

Date of Proposal:
May 16, 2005

Proposal Number:

PRN 2005-168

Proposal Summary:
The New Jersey Division on Civil Rights proposes to readopt with amendments its rules pertaining to Advertising Related to Real Property. The existing rules prohibit newspapers from publishing any advertisement regarding the sale or rental of real property that expresses, directly or indirectly, any preference or discrimination as to race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sex, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or familial status.

Upon readoption, the Division proposes amendments to cover all forms of real estate advertising, whether or not published in a newspaper, and to include domestic partnership status and source of lawful income used for rental or mortgage payments as protected characteristics to conform the rules to recent amendments to the Law Against Discrimination. Additional amendments are proposed in order for the Division to achieve certification as a substantially equivalent agency by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, which would permit the Division to enter into a work-sharing agreement with HUD. The proposed readoption with amendments appears in the May 16, 2005 edition of the New Jersey Register.

Summary of Proposal:
A summary of the proposed readoption with amendments is posted on the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights Web site at:

Public Comment:

Public comment on these proposed rules will be accepted until July 15, 2005. Please direct all comments to:

Gary LoCassio, Assistant Director
New Jersey Division on Civil Rights
140 East Front Street
P.O. Box 089
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0089

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