Greenwald, Dow spar over what will happen if Supreme Court orders $1.6B schools payment

TRENTON – Attorney Gen. Paula Dow declined to answer a hypothetical question posed by Assembly Budget Chairman Louis Greenwald Thsday

TRENTON – Attorney Gen. Paula Dow declined to answer a hypothetical question posed by Assembly Budget Chairman Louis Greenwald Thsday about the possible legal ramifications if a governor ignores a Supreme Court demand.

“I don’t think it’s appropriate to address that at this time,” she said at a Thursday Law and Public Safety hearing.  “It’s an issue we would look at should that issue come up.

“There are some very crucial issues that are pending in court,” she said,  adding “it would be inappropriate to opine even in a general matter,” she said.  

Greenwald’s question referred to Gov. Christie’s comment recently where he said he may ignore a possible decision by the state Supreme Court if it demands the state must contribute an additional $1.6 billion toward the state’s at-risk, former Abbott school districts.

Dow assured Greenwald, “We will do as charged in the  Constitution, what we believe is appropriate legal advice… I believe in upholding the law, scrubbing it and understanding it. Sometimes bold challenges are before us. We will work together and move this state forward.”

A special master’s report  issued earlier this year found the at-risk, former Abbott school districts are underfunded by $1.6 billion.

 

 

Greenwald, Dow spar over what will happen if Supreme Court orders $1.6B schools payment