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(TRENTON) – Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland) released the following statement Thursday ahead of this weekend’s New Jersey Interstate Scholastic Athletic Association’s high school football playoff games:

“A great New Jersey fall tradition returns this weekend – high school football playoffs and the great atmosphere and excitement they bring to student athletes, families, fans and communities across our state.
“A 2007 law I authored required the NJSIAA to charge the same price as regular season games for playoffs held at high schools. The NJSIAA, though, has tried to circumvent that law several times, so I urge everyone to remain vigilant and check their ticket prices.
“Too often we’ve seen the NJSIAA overcharge so it can continue its free-spending ways, but in the wake of the State Commission of Investigation report and with change coming through the reform legislation I am sponsoring, New Jerseyans should be able to expect reasonable prices when they head to the games this weekend. That’s a good thing for everyone.
“With that in mind, I urge everyone to head to the games to support our young athletes and the spirit of competition.”