N.J. Assembly speaker presses Christie on $1B higher education spending plan

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver said she wants more information on how the Christie administration drew up plans to spend more than $1 billion for higher education projects in New Jersey – and has introduced legislation to block some of that spending if she doesn’t get answers.

Democrats have criticized the Christie administration for failing to release details on how it selected projects for a number of higher education initiatives and have raised questions about whether two religious institutions – Princeton Theological Seminary and Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood Township – should receive more than $10 million in state funding for new facilities and technology upgrades.

In legislative hearings, administration officials have said they couldn’t discuss much of the selection process because money had not yet been spent. They described the process as competitive and rigorous.

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