Lesniak Statement On Appointment Of Higher Education Secretary Rochelle Hendricks

Says Secretary is “Going to Have Her Work Cut Out for Her” in Lowering the Cost of a College Education in New Jersey, Reducing Spending Abuse

TRENTON – Senator Raymond J. Lesniak, D-Union, the sponsor of the law – signed into law last January – to provide increased oversight of higher education spending in New Jersey, issued the following statement in response to news today that the Governor nominated former Acting Commissioner of Education Rochelle Hendricks to the position of Secretary of Higher Education. That position had been left vacant for nearly the first year and five months of Governor Christie’s term:

“All I can say is it’s about damn time. I only hope that newly nominated Secretary Hendricks gets the resources and support of the Administration to follow the statutory mandate of increased oversight outlined in the law signed, but not implemented, nearly a year and a half ago.

“New Jersey’s college students are facing massive tuition increases this year, and Secretary Hendricks is going to have her work cut out for her in reining in the cost of a college education in the Garden State. I suggest she begin by immediately taking a look at the powers and responsibilities set forth for her office under a law that, until today, has been ignored by the Christie Administration.”