By David Madden

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (CBS) —

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The decision dovetails with last month’s ruling from the New Jersey Supreme Court that allows judges, rather than a state panel, to decide on low-income housing requirements.

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Kevin Walsh, with the Fair Share Housing Center, in Cherry Hill, says his group has been fighting to keep the funds in municipal hands rather than Trenton’s.

“The court found that these are funds that are still important for housing — that the state shouldn’t be able to just take the money,” he said today.

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This was an issue that brought local governments and housing advocates together, and that doesn’t happen very often.  Those funds will be released as developers and towns get their housing plans approved in the courts.