PATERSON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — As the country for the first time commemorates Juneteenth as a federal holiday, it is also for the first time a state holiday in New Jersey.
The Garden State is marking the occasion with a new law that prevents housing discrimination.READ MORE: Gov. Cuomo Sexually Harassed Multiple Women In Violation Of State And Federal Law, AG Investigation Finds Biden, Pelosi, Schumer, Gillibrand And Many More Call On Cuomo To Resign
The legislation bans landlords from asking about criminal history on housing applications. The governor says it’s a step in the right direction to address racial wealth disparity.
“I am proud to sign into law a measure to further level what has been for too long an unlevel playing field when it comes to access to housing,” Murphy said. “This is nothing less than a game changer.”MORE NEWS: NYC To Require Proof Of Vaccination For Indoor Dining, Fitness And Entertainment
In some cases, federal law will still allow landlords to ask about certain convictions.