New Jersey’s Governor Christie issued Executive Order #1 freezing and suspending all administrative rules for 90 days.The home fire sprinkler requirement is included in this moratorium althought the order makes it clear that it must not apply to matters that “adversely impact public safety or security".
An editorial published in the Philadelphia Enquirer titled “For safety’s sake” posits that the sprinkler requirement should not be halted and should be implemented. It points out that “it’s difficult to see how the governor’s review will alter the compelling case for adding sprinklers to new one- and two- family homes…”
The editorial writer agrees that ‘the governor has the right to explore the regulations and determine if they are "unworkable, overly proscriptive, or ill-advised"’ as expressed in the order creating the “Red Tape Review Group”. However, the master plan committee developing the Master Plan and Advisory Council Final Report recommending fire sprinklers in new one- and two family homes “conducted a study on these issues” for over a year before arriving at the conclusion that this regulation was necessary.
As a participant in this committee I share the opinion of the editorial writer that this regulation has been properly “vetted” through a process and should be allowed to move forward. Most importantly, setting aside this rule does “adversely impact public safety or security” as detailed in the council’s report. I hope the governor is listening.