Wednesday, August 22, 2012
SENATOR NORCROSS STATEMENT ON SIGNING OF HISTORIC HIGHER EDUCATION LEGISLATION
Law Fulfills Promise To Keep Rutgers in South Jersey, Address Regional Funding Disparities
TRENTON – Senator Donald Norcross (D-Camden, Gloucester), a prime sponsor of the “New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act,” issued the following statement today after the governor signed the historic plan (A-3102/S-2063) into law:
“Today we saw the signing of landmark legislation that will transform higher education in New Jersey. This restructuring will create a world-class network of institutions in the area of life sciences that will spur research and development, create new jobs and fuel economic growth.
“In South Jersey, it will improve access to college for our students and help meet the educational demands of a rapidly-growing region. It will create much-needed jobs and investment in the southern part of the state, and contribute to our ongoing efforts to revitalize Camden City – along with the new Cooper Medical School, the restructuring will generate upwards of $1 billion in development in Camden over the next decade.
“Most importantly, it will fulfill a promise I made to keep Rutgers in South Jersey, a brand which is a symbol of pride for current and former students and faculty as well as the community. And it will correct long-standing regional funding disparities by bringing substantially more education-related funds into our region at the same time it creates new funding opportunities statewide.
“For nearly a decade, administrations and lawmakers have attempted to reorganize higher education in New Jersey in a way that would improve academics and enhance our state’s overall competitiveness. Today we celebrate victory.”