STATE – An appellate court ruled that Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to withhold state aid to school districts, forcing them to utilize budget surpluses, is constitutional.
The Perth Amboy Board of Education, which lost over $15 million in aid because of the governor’s executive order, took the case to court arguing that Christie had exceeded his authority and needed legislative approval to make the school aid cuts.
Christie declared a “fiscal emergency” in February and froze a total of $475 million in school funding to help reduce the $2.2 million current year deficit he inherited from his predecessor.
“The governor acted pursuant to constitutional and statutory authority and, consequently, not in violation of the separation of powers doctrine or in derogation of the Legislature’s will,” the court ruled.
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