Christie rejects housing advocates’ complaints about settlement funds

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie today rejected claims of lawmakers and advocates who accused the administration of misusing mortgage foreclosure settlement funds as general funds.

“They’re wrong,’’ he said at a press conference today. Earlier, state lawmakers and housing advocates said the administration is going to take $75 million of the multistate settlement and use it to balance the budget rather than spend it on housing.

“They’re simply wrong,’’ Christie said. He added there is $371 million in this year’s budget – which includes the $75 million – to deal with housing problems.

“If you’re not doing what they want they will always complain,’’ he said.

Earlier story:

Lawmakers, advocates want $75 million to go toward housing

Christie rejects housing advocates’ complaints about settlement funds