Faced with a $72 million gap in the Newark school budget -- and a plan to raise the state-controlled district’s school taxes by 10.3 percent -- Mayor Ras Baraka went on the offensive.
Baraka blamed former Superintendent Cami Anderson -- who was appointed by Gov. Chris Christie -- for the shortfall, claiming that there was a $40 million budget surplus when she took office.
“But that money was wasted away. Wasted away,” Baraka said in a.
Christie wasted no time in firing back.
“Now, this of course, comes from a school district that gets hundreds of millions of dollars from New Jersey state taxpayers every year because of a failed, and I believe, unconstitutional court requirement that we put disproportionate funds into a small number of school districts,” he said.
on NJTV News Online, a content partner of NJ Spotlight.