Senator Joseph Vitale, D-Middlesex, listens to testimony at the Senate Budget Committee hearing on the Governor's toll road plan.

22 Aug: Vitale Statement On Signing Of Transformative Medical Education Restructuring Bill

TRENTON – Senator Joseph F. Vitale, D-Middlesex, today released the following statement regarding the signing of the “New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act,” which provides a collaborative framework for medical and health science education at New Jersey’s research universities:

“With the signing of the ‘New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act’ today, we are forging new working relationships between medical and health sciences programs throughout the state that will pool our intellectual resources and attract more federal funds for research in these fields. This restructuring creates a ‘perfect match’ between the medical and academic institutions in New Jersey.

22 Aug: Senator Norcross Statement On Signing Of Historic Higher Education Legislation

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.

A view of the Senate Chambers from the 2010-2011 Senate Reorganization.

28 Jun: Norcross And Vitale Help Forge Agreement On Higher-Education Initiative

Trenton – Hailing it as a great leap forward for higher education in New Jersey, Senators Donald Norcross and Joe Vitale said a consensus reached yesterday has produced a strong plan to restructure the state’s higher-education network and restore the state’s historic reputation as a global leader in life sciences research.

Norcross (D-Camden) and Vitale (D-Middlesex) said the unprecedented initiative will benefit all regions of the state and take New Jersey’s institutions of higher learning to a new level of excellence.

04 Jun: Sweeney, Norcross, Vitale Introduce Historic Legislation That Will Make New Jersey Premiere Location Of Institutions Of Higher Education And Research

TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senators Donald Norcross and Joseph F. Vitale today introduced historic legislation that will make New Jersey a premiere location of institutions of higher education and research.

“Higher education is a critical element in moving New Jersey’s economy to a new level while also maintaining and drawing the best and brightest minds to our state. We can develop premiere, world-class institutions of higher education and research right here. We simply need the will and the ability to work with one another to get it done,” said Sweeney (D – Gloucester, Salem, Cumberland).

04 Jun: Weinberg Statement On Introduction Of Higher Education Legislation

Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D – Bergen) issued the following statement today regarding the introduction by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senators Donald Norcross and Joseph F. Vitale of historic legislation that will reorganize higher education in New Jersey:

“This has been a long and vigorous process and I want to commend the Senate President and the bill sponsors for putting out legislation that can be reviewed, debated, and hopefully, implemented in the near future.

04 Jun: Sacco Applauds Higher Education Plan

TRENTON – Senator Nicholas J. Sacco, D-Hudson and Bergen, issued the following statement today in support of the announced plan by Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senator Joseph F. Vitale and Senator Donald Norcross, which would restructure higher education in the Garden State:

“I applaud the sponsors on developing a plan of action for our State’s colleges and universities which will put our institutions of higher education on the right course to keeping our best and brightest in-state, and attracting new talent from out of state.