ACLU Sues Over BMG Grant

TRENTON, N.J. -

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey and Americans United for Separation of Church and State filed a lawsuit Tuesday to stop the state of New Jersey from awarding capital improvements grants to two institutions of higher education, Beth Medrash Govoha and Princeton Theological Seminary.

The groups also filed a petition asking the court to immediately prevent the state from distributing grants to the two institutions while the matter is decided.

The grants to BMG that have been challenged are part of a $750 million capital improvement funding program, the Building Our Future Bond program, which was clearly written in a non discriminatory and inclusive manner, intended for all institutions of higher education in New Jersey. One-hundred-fifty-seven projects are slated to be funded state-wide.

The Building Our Future Bond Program was funded by legislation passed in 2012. It included all nonprofit institutions of higher education in N.J. including yeshivos and Catholic and Protestant schools.