PRIETO: CHRISTIE SCHOOL AID CUTS AN ATTACK ON WORKING CLASS SCHOOL DISTRICTS

(SECAUCUS) — Assemblyman Vincent Prieto on Saturday said Gov. Chris Christie’s school aid cuts — especially his plan to strip Secaucus of all its school aid — represent an unprecedented attack on New Jersey families and public education.

“Gov. Christie has made it clear public school education is not his priority, nor is holding down the crushing burden of property taxes for New Jersey’s middle-class, poor, disabled and senior citizens,” said Prieto (D-Hudson). “His budget plan represents a $2.8 billion statewide loss in property tax relief and an assault on public education. That is especially the case in places like Secaucus and it’s inexcusable.”

Secaucus is among 59 districts statewide that would lose all its school aid under the governor’s plan. Secaucus would lost $1.68 million.

“Secaucus taxpayers deserve better than to see the education of their children put at risk,” Prieto said. “Gov. Christie has called for shared sacrifice, but under his plan the Secaucus school district suddenly doesn’t get to share in anything. Gov. Christie needs to go back and come up with a new plan that makes education a priority and ensures Secaucus gets a fair share for the benefit of its children and taxpayers.”

Prieto noted Hudson County school in total would lose $60 million in property tax relief under Christie’s plan.

“The only people who don’t have to sacrifice under this budget are the wealthy,” Prieto said.

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