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(TRENTON) – Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland) released the following statement Monday on the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association’s request to raise ticket prices for off-campus state championship events:

“I urge the Commissioner of Education to reject this request.
“This is not the time to be raising ticket prices on working families. Raising ticket prices would be unconscionable in this economic environment, where families across our state are struggling daily to make ends meet.
“It’s becoming very clear, even after all this time, that the NJSIAA is unwilling to live within its means. It needs to spend more time on efficiencies and less time trying to find creative ways to raise ticket prices on families.
“The NJSIAA continuously fails to understand fiscal responsibility. It’s time to consolidate this service for a fresh change of culture and the real savings schools districts and families need. We simply can’t afford the NJSIAA any longer.”