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N.J. Building Trades Council v. City of Camden

Significance, Further Readings


Building & Construction Trades Council of New Jersey


City and Council of the City of Camden, New Jersey

Appellant's Claim

A municipal ordinance adopted under a statewide affirmative action program requiring bidders on city projects to reserve 40 percent of all jobs for local residents violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution.

Chief Lawyer for Appellant

Steven K. Kudatsky

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

N. Thomas Foster

Justices for the Court

William J. Brennan, Jr., Warren E. Burger, Thurgood Marshall, Sandra Day O'Connor, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist (writing for the Court), John Paul Stevens, Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting

Harry A. Blackmun


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

21 February 1984


The Court, reversing the New Jersey Supreme Court, agreed with the builders that the municipal ordinance violated the privileges and immunities clause designed to "place the citizens of each state" on "the same footing."

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  • White v. Massachusetts Council of Construction Employers, Inc., 460 U.S. 204 (1983).
  • Supreme Court of New Hampshire v. Piper, 470 U.S. 274 (1985).
  • Supreme Court of Virginia v. Friedman, 487 U.S. 59 (1988).

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