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Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders (A-71-16; 079277)

 Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Morris County 
Board of Chosen Freeholders (A-71-16; 079277) 

The plain language of the Religious Aid Clause bars the use of taxpayer funds to repair and restore churches, and Morris County’s program ran afoul of that longstanding provision. Based on its understanding of the current state of the law, including the United States Supreme Court’s recent decision in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer, 582 U.S. ___, 137 S. Ct. 2012 (2017), the Court concludes that that the application of the Religious Aid Clause in this case does not violate the Free Exercise Clause.