Council on Affordable Housing
The state legislature created the Council in 1985, but two years ago the governor unilaterally moved its functions into the Department of Community Affairs.
The ruling freezes some $140 million set aside for housing projects.
The New Jersey Supreme Court has heard arguments on whether the Christie administration can reorganize an independent agency into being less independent.
The decision does not restore the controversial Council on Affordable Housing, but their rules have been reinstated for now, to be handled by the Depertment of Community Affairs.