Paterson school construction comes to a halt

Some parents in Passaic County are protesting Gov. Chris Christie's budget cuts after construction on a new elementary school was suddenly stopped.Marshall Street Elementary was

PATERSON - Some parents in Passaic County are protesting Gov. Chris Christie's budget cuts after construction on a new elementary school was suddenly stopped.

Marshall Street Elementary was supposed to help alleviate overcrowding at several Paterson schools. But work on the project stopped after Christie ordered a review of all School Development Authority projects.

A spokesman for Christie says the state stopped construction for safety and design concerns, but would not elaborate on the details.

News 12 New Jersey spoke with parents who are demanding that the governor reconsider the project. One parent, who is also a union carpenter, says the cement blocks, boards and half-started foundation at the corner of Marshall and Hazel streets represent two things -- dashed hopes for his son's education in a new school with plenty of space and a new job for himself.

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