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Spending Tax Dollars on Religious Schools

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

The ACLU-NJ found Gov. Christie’s support of religious institutions through money from a state bond extremely troubling. Two institutions — Beth Medrash Govoha and Princeton Theological Seminary — were slated to receive millions in state funding, even though their missions and courses are religious. The Christie administration recommended $10.6 million for Beth Medrash Govoha, a yeshiva, and $645,323 for Princeton Theological Seminary, a Presbyterian Christian seminary. The ACLU-NJ has challenged this funding in court.13

Gov. Christie has also strongly supported private school vouchers, which use taxpayer money to send public school children to private schools, including religious ones. Fortunately, the legislature rejected the Opportunity Scholarship Act, which Gov. Christie strongly championed, and eliminated money for a similar program he had put in his budget.14 The program would have given tax breaks to companies that provide funding for student scholarships to private schools, including religious ones (and would have removed that amount of funding from public schools).

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13 Heyboer, Kelly, “ACLU files lawsuit to block two NJ religious colleges from higher education bond money,” The Star-Ledger, June 24, 2013,

14 Renshaw, Jarrett, “Christie’s voucher program not part of budget,” The Star-Ledger, June 20, 2013,

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