U.S. Dept. of Justice investigates Toms River zoning laws

The United States Department of Justice is investigating Toms River's zoning laws affecting religious land uses.

The United States Department of Justice is investigating Toms River's zoning laws affecting religious land uses.

The United States Department of Justice is investigating Toms River's zoning laws affecting religious land uses. (5/26/16)

TOMS RIVER - The United States Department of Justice is investigating Toms River's zoning laws affecting religious land uses.

In December, Rabbi Moshe Gourarie was ordered to seek a variance to turn his home on Church Road into a Jewish community center and house of worship.

A 2009 revision to the township's zoning ordinance banned churches in the residential zone, including his property.

Gourarie received eight zoning violations in October 2014 for operating the Chabad in a residential zone.

He pleaded not guilty.

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