Gov. Christie should be ashamed of his despicable effort to take millions of dollars from a fund that New Jersey towns set aside to help pay for more affordable housing in one of the nation's most expensive states to have a home.
Christie wants to take as much as $161 million from the New Jersey Housing Trust Fund to help him balance the $31.7 billion state budget he signed last month.
Given his poor record, Christie's claim that the funds would be used for other housing programs seems unlikely. Housing advocates are right to challenge the maneuver in court.
In question are funds collected from developers to help communities meet their legal obligation to provide low- and moderate-income housing. The requirement is the result of a series of state Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1975, which stemmed from the Mount Laurel housing discrimination case.