DIEGNAN: GOVERNOR SAVES NJ AFTER 3 ONLY AFTER DAMAGE HAS NEEDLESSLY BEEN DONE

(TRENTON) – Assembly Education Chairman Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. (D-Middlesex) released the following statement Monday on NJ After 3:

“I’m relieved to see the governor finally act to save the program.
“Sadly, it took an outcry from children’s advocates across the state to make this happen.
“Much damage has needlessly been done to this model program. At one time NJ After 3 served as man as 15,000 children. Slashing this program served no public purpose and harmed families around New Jersey.
“I implore the governor to seek the input of others before considering any future action to eliminate or reduce programs that protect children. Such programs should be the last place we look for budget reductions.”