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.
“This is not an executive order handed down from on high to be enforced without any discussion from those it would impact. This is not some idea that is not allowed to be questioned. It is another step in the legislative process.
“The plan we have seen put forward by the Senate Democrats is drastically different from that proposed by the governor earlier this year. That is because the bill sponsors took the time to hear everyone’s concerns and showed a willingness to compromise. Hopefully the governor will do the same.
“Improving higher education in New Jersey is of the utmost importance. We can have the greatest system of higher education in the country right here if everyone works together. I look forward to seeing that change occur through this legislation.”