SCHAER: CHRISTIE SCHOOL BREAKFAST PROGRAM CUTS WOULD COMPROMISE THE FUTURES OF CHILDREN

Assembly Budget Committee Vice Chairman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic/Bergen/Essex) released the following statement Tuesday as he joined the New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coalition and U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Monmouth) to discuss Gov. Chris Christie’s plans to eliminate state funding for vital school breakfast programs:

“Gov. Christie’s plan to eliminate state funding for school breakfast programs is short-sighted thinking and will compromise the futures of our poorest children. This is a disturbing cut that would lead to many children missing out on the adequate nutrition needed to excel at school. For many of these children, these are the only decent meals they get all day, and that help would be at risk under the governor’s plan.

“We all know that budget cuts are needed, but they must be sensible cuts. Cuts that threaten the well-being of children and deprive them of the chance to succeed neither make sense educationally nor economically. I suggest that this is short-term pain and long-term foolishness.”


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