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Landmark Ruling Stops Unconstitutional Taxpayer Funding of N.J. Yeshiva and Seminary After ACLU And Americans United Suit

Court Rules That Christie Administration’s $11 million+ Grant To Religious Schools Violated NJ Constitution

In a groundbreaking victory against government sponsorship of religion, a New Jersey appellate court ruled that the administration of Gov. Chris Christie violated the New Jersey Constitution when it awarded more than $11 million to two religious institutions of higher learning. This decision by the Appellate Division represents the first major state court precedent in almost 40 years concerning New Jersey’s prohibition on using taxpayer funding to support a religious ministry.

A Message From AU: N.J. Lawmakers Should Block Grants For Religious Schools

Government grants to religious schools are unconstitutional, force taxpayers to subsidize discrimination and undermine the independence and integrity of religious institutions.

That’s the message Americans United is sending to the New Jersey legislature.

In a letter yesterday to State Senate President Stephen Sweeney and General Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, AU’s Delaware Valley Chapter urged lawmakers to reject proposed grants to two religious schools in the state.