New Jersey's top court is considering whether Gov. Chris Christie was within his rights in 2011 to abolish the agency that oversees deals with affordable housing in the state.

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The Supreme Court is holding a hearing in the case Monday.

A lower court determined last year that Christie was overstepping his bounds, but the governor appealed.

The case is the latest in a four-decade-long line of litigation over state affordable housing policy. The court has ruled in the past that towns have an obligation to provide subsidized housing for low-income people.

Two years ago, Christie abolished the Council on Affordable Housing, which enforces the requirement.

The state Supreme Court is also considering a separate case on whether the agency's rules for towns are constitutional.

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