Wisniewski Statement on Bramnick Proposal to Sacrifice School Funding for Transportation Infrastructure

Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski (D-Middlesex) issued the following statement in response to Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick’s suggestion that New Jersey’s school funding formula be revised to fund the Transportation Trust Fund.

“This morning, in a discussion with New Jersey mayors about the challenges facing our state, Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick suggested school funding be reduced to help address the state’s pressing need to fund our transportation infrastructure. The idea should be D.O.A. — dead on arrival.

“For any legislator to suggest that education funding should be sacrificed to fund our infrastructure needs represents, at best, a skewed set of priorities. When that suggestion comes from Republican legislative leadership, it not only reflects the party’s lack of commitment to one of the most fundamental responsibilities of government — the education of our children — but is also makes clear the party’s refusal to play a constructive role in addressing an issue that threatens public safety and is critical to our state’s economic future.

“As leader of the Assembly Republicans, Assemblyman Bramnick has a clear choice. He can play a constructive role in building our state’s future or he can choose to abdicate any responsibility for building a better New Jersey and leave it to others to make the hard decisions. Sadly, it looks like he has chosen the latter.”