Home-rule concerns arise in N.J. after Hurricane Sandy

Municipalities in New Jersey responded swiftly to damage caused by Hurricane Sandy because of home rule, but critics have said the practice could cause problems in the long run. "Home rule was nice when we could afford it," said Thomas Kean, a former New Jersey governor. "Now it raises property taxes, increases the cost of everything we do and makes it very hard to make decisions affecting more than one town at a time."

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