The Township has also been repeatedly told by Judge Gardner and the court appointed Special Master that all settlement negotiations are confidential. Despite repeated requests by Township elected officials, appointed professionals and the public, the court has not waivered from its stance on the confidentiality of the Township's settlement negotiations with Fair Share Housing .
Further, a litigation matter, the Township Committee discusses these issues in closed session meetings in accordance with the requirements of the Open Public Meetings Act. Those closed session discussions help preserve the Committee’s ability to discuss litigation strategy and any pending settlement negotiations without compromising its position in the litigation or in settlement negotiations. The Township understands the public’s desire to learn about all aspects of this important issue as it is nearing conclusion, but since the matter involves litigation, the Township is constrained to discuss the matter only in closed session meetings.
At the appropriate time and once the Township has permission of the court to do so, full disclosure and explanation of the settlement terms will take place.