Building a coalition
August 16th, 2012
Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Sen. Tom Kean called together New Jersey leaders in business, labor and higher education to ask their support in winning voter approval of a $750 million bond sale to build new classrooms, libraries and other academic facilities at state and county colleges and universities.
Sweeney and Kean emphasized that in addition to the Legislature’s bipartisan support for the bond sale, Gov. Chris Christie is also committed to its success. The bond sale will be a referendum on the November ballot. It’s an investment inNew Jersey’s future that will help put people back to work, Sweeny told those gathered for the meeting. Kean said a unified coalition of business groups, trade unions and educators is essential to gaining voters support.
It has been 24 years since the state issued bonds to finance capital improvements on the state’s campuses. CIANJ voiced its support of the bond sale in hearings before the Legislature this year. As a business advocacy organization, CIANJ endorsed the bonds sale because improvements in higher education will produce more bright students and innovators who become the work force that propels our industries. Enhancements to our higher education system cannot help but add to our state’s competitive edge.