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Over a year has passed since Governor Murphy declared  a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As expected, the pandemic has slowed litigation in the New Jersey courts, with no part of the judiciary impacted more than the landlord-tenant court. Tens of thousands of cases remain backlogged, and with no restart announced and no plan yet in place to deal with that backlog, a return to normalcy in the eviction process likely remains in the distant future. Commercial landlords are eager to remove non-paying tenants in order for their properties to once again become revenue generators. Do these landlords have a viable self-help option under New Jersey law?

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