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Full text of Gov. Christie’s Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Address

When I ran for governor, I made a promise that if we had the courage to make the tough choices to cut wasteful spending we would be in a position to focus our resources on the issues that really matter.

Now that we have our spending under control we can begin to prioritize. One such priority is New Jersey’s colleges and universities. And today, because the people of New Jersey stood strong and had faith over the last two years, I am proud to say this budget proposes a nearly 6 percent increase in direct aid to our senior public colleges and universities. We are able to help make college more available and affordable for New Jersey families. But we need to do more.

To make sure this commitment to higher education is spread to every corner of the state, I ask you today for $1 million to help create a new Governor’s Urban Scholarship Program – to help provide students in New Jersey’s inner cities the opportunity they need to succeed.

More broadly, this budget also proposes an increase of over $28 million above last year for student financial assistance, the bulk of which is a 10 percent increase in funding for tuition aid grants.

As we continue to support higher education, let us implement the excellent recommendations of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Advisory Committee The committee has given us a blueprint for long-overdue reform. We can usher in a new era for medical education – throughout the state. And we can make sure that New Jersey secures its rightful place as the national leader in medical education and biomedical research. Let’s implement that plan.

In our society, education is the key to advancement. More attainment in education is the path to more earnings and success in life. And a highly educated work force is a key to New Jersey’s competitiveness.

So we must continue to fund higher education, and to make it more available to everyone with the brains and ambition to climb that ladder to success.

It is well-known to you that I believe we have work to do to improve our k-12 education system in particular. We have great outcomes in some districts. But we have terrible performance in others.

That is not right, it is not fair and it is not moral.



 

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