LAMPITT: CHRISTIE PLAN FOR HIGHER ED WILL HARM MIDDLE-CLASS & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

(TRENTON) — Assembly Higher Education Chairwoman Pamela Lampitt (D-Camden) released the following statement Wednesday as the Assembly Budget Committee heard testimony on Gov. Christie’s budget plan for higher education:

“Gov. Christie repeatedly insisted as a candidate that he was committed to higher education, but his cuts to colleges, tuition aid and scholarships seem to show otherwise.

“This testimony clearly shows that Gov. Christie is putting the financial burden directly on New Jersey families, putting the dream of a college education out of reach for thousands of New Jersey students.

“But our colleges and universities are also economic engines that help drive our economy, create jobs and wealth and spark research and development, both now and in the future. Cuts like these will stagnate their ability to grow and economy and slow our recovery from the global recession.”

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