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Baraka and Christie Square off Over $72M Gap in Newark School Budget

Mayor places blame on former superintendent Cami Anderson, governor defends investment in charter schools

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 YouTube video.

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.

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