(NEWARK) – Assemblyman Albert Coutinho (D-Essex), a member of the Assembly Budget Committee, released the following statement after Tuesday’s public hearing held in Newark:
“The testimony we heard today from administrators and faculty members from the Rutgers-Newark campus was alarming, but not surprising.
“For the Newark campus not to be involved in the budget process, nor asked what they need to meet the needs of their students shows how little central administration thinks of this campus, and goes against the law that dictates that all three campuses be treated equally.
“The fact that central administration feels that they can ignore the law without consequences is disturbing.
“Even more worrisome are the claims of retaliation against anyone who dares speak against this behavior.
“In order for Rutgers University to be a world class university, it has to be a world class university in New Brunswick, Camden and Newark.”