By David Madden

TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — A three-judge panel in New Jersey has put a temporary halt on plans by the Christie administration to grab millions of dollars allocated for affordable housing from municipalities across the Garden State.

The ruling freezes some $140 million set aside for housing projects.  The Council on Affordable Housing, which holds the money, voted to release it at the request of the administration, after towns affected never got their housing plans approved.

Kevin Walsh, with the Fair Share Housing Center, opposed the transfer.  But now, he says, the ruling puts everything on hold.

“(The Christie administration) is not allowed to go forward with its attempt to take housing trust funds from municipalities which are going to be used to build housing throughout the state,” he tells KYW Newsradio.

The judicial panel will hold a hearing in Newark next month to consider arguments on both sides.

Christie administration officials have not offered a comment on the injunction.

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