The ACLU-NJ, as a friend-of-the-court, argued in the New Jersey Supreme Court that Morris County violated the State Constitution when it gave public grants to churches to fund repairs. The State Constitution’s Religious Aid Clause is clear: it bars the use of tax dollars “for building or repairing any church . . .” The purpose of the Religious Aid Clause is to protect and foster religious freedom. Public grants for church repairs compel taxpayers to support religious activity and undermine the independence of religious institutions.
Freedom From Religion Foundation v. Morris County Freeholders
Barry, Corrado & Grassi, P.C.; American Civil Liberties Union Foundation; Americans United for Separation of Church and State
July 14, 2017
New Jersey Supreme Court