Lampitt calls on Christie to appoint Secretary of Higher Education

Assembly Higher Education Chairwoman Pamela Lampitt (D-6), Camden, criticized Gov. Chris Christie Tuesday for not implementing a higher-education transparency law, including appointing a Secretary of  Higher Education.

Lampitt cited a January 2010 law that included recommendations from a 2007 report by the State Commission of Investigation that found instances of abuse and waste.

“His ongoing failure to enforce a law he swore to uphold is troubling and calls into question his level of commitment to higher education in our state,” Lampitt said in a release.

She further stated that Christie missed a statutory deadline of July 17, 2010, for the appointment of the Secretary.

Christie had appointed a Higher Education Task Force, whose report included numerous recommendations, including more autonomy for colleges in order to cut costs, control tuition, and raise funds, as well as considering mergers of some institutions with Rutgers University.

Lampitt calls on Christie to appoint Secretary of Higher Education