TRENTON - New Jersey wants a judge to nullify a half-million-dollar payout in a severance package for the Keansburg school superintendent.

Papers filed yesterday against the Monmouth County district and Superintendent Barbara Trzeszkowski by the state Attorney General's Office assert that her "golden parachute" violates the board's financial responsibility to the public.

The superintendent is to get the money as part of a $740,000 severance package from Keansburg, which is among 31 Abbott districts in the state that get extra state funding. The school board agreed this week to put the payout on hold to see if a new deal can be reached.

A message left after business hours seeking comment from Keansburg officials was not immediately returned. The outcry over the package prompted Gov. Corzine to order a review of all superintendent contracts in the 31 poor districts.

- AP