Assemblywoman Joan M. Quigley (D-Hudson/Bergen) released the following statement as the Assembly Budget Committee heard from the Department of Education on how Gov. Chris Christie’s budget proposes for the second straight year to eliminate funding for adult education:
“Gov. Christie’s plan to again eliminate adult education aid is just one of many examples of a short-sighted move that will adversely impact jobs and our economy and hurt middle-class and poor residents striving to improve their lives.
“Adult education boosts self-confidence, builds better futures and helps to keep our economy in step with global competition. Adult education is, quite simply, a smart investment in New Jersey’s future.
“It’s a shame the governor doesn’t understand the value of this taxpayer-friendly program. It’s a tragedy for the adults who are missing out on opportunities.
“Gov. Christie’s budget would once again leave behind adults looking to become more productive citizens, stagnating their hopes and dreams and our economic development. This is the wrong direction for New Jersey and one that will cost taxpayers down the road.”