Wall Street Journal's Kate King reports that a New Jersey appeals court ruling on Monday determined that towns and cities will not have to meet affordable-housing requirements that accrued during 16 years when the state failed to adopt and enforce them.

The decision was made unanimously, and ruled that towns and cities are only responsible for current and future affordable-housing needs.

The unanimous decision, handed down by a panel of three judges with the appellate division of state Superior Court in Burlington County, marks a setback for affordable-housing advocates who argued municipalities should be forced to allow the building of tens of thousands of additional housing units.

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