2A:44A-27. Interest in residential property, priority to all subsequent liens
27. The interests in real property set forth in section 21 of this act shall have priority to all subsequent liens under this act upon the land and upon the improvements thereon, except such as may be removable as between landlord and tenant, which may be sold and removed by virtue of any lien for the erection, construction or completion of the same, free from the prior encumbrances.
2A:44A-28. Payment, distribution of proceeds
28. The sheriff or other officer conducting the sale authorized by this act shall pay the proceeds thereof to the clerk of the Superior Court, who shall distribute the proceeds among the lien claims filed under this act before an application for distribution thereof is made to the court. The Superior Court shall provide proper disposition of proceeds of any sale to the persons entitled thereto under this act. The amount due a lien claimant shall not be paid over to him until after his lien claim has been established by judgment.
2A:44A-29. Distribution of surplus proceeds
29. If the proceeds of the sale of the improvements or land under any judgment obtained under this act shall be more than sufficient to pay the judgments of the claimants entitled to payment out of the proceeds of the sale under this act, any surplus shall be distributed by the court out of which the special writ of execution issued, to the defendants holding liens, subject to that of claimants, according to priority of their respective liens as determined in the judgment.