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N.J.’s Poorest Students Hurt by Christie Cuts, Judge Says

New Jersey’s poorest students have been hurt the most by Governor Chris Christie and the Legislature underfunding schools by $1.6 billion, a state-court judge said in a report filed in a lawsuit over budget cuts.

Judge Peter Doyne is helping the state Supreme Court weigh the impact of school budget reductions that Christie, a Republican, and the Democratic-controlled Legislature made last year to balance New Jersey’s budget. The inadequate funding, in violation of a formula set up by the School Funding Reform Act of 2008, was hardest on districts “least able to withstand the reductions,” the judge said.