Prieto not pleased administration keeping Legislature in dark over higher-ed plan

TRENTON – Assembly Budget Committee Chairman Vincent Prieto, (D-32), of Secaucus, said today that he finds it difficult that the Christie Administration is moving forward on the Rutgers-Camden and Rowan merger even though financial details of the plan have yet to be revealed — to the committee members, anyway.

“I’m still kind of insulted the administration has not reached out to us,” he told Higher Education Services Secretary Rochelle Hendricks during a Budget hearing. “I find it troubling we can be here today, April 25, and we really don’t know anything.”

Hendricks said various stakeholders from both schools are meeting to flesh out the details and she expects that more information on the cost of the plan, along with other information, will be “forthcoming.”

The plan that’s presented will be “well vetted, thorough and comprehensive,” she said.

Hendricks added that certain parts of the plan may not require legislative approval, and that July 1 is the date by which an “action plan” will be put together.  

But Prieto pointed out that the Legislature is “a key stakeholder” and has been left out of the room.

Hendricks responded, “That certainly won’t be for long.”

A few snickers could be heard from the various college officials seated in the cavernous hearing room when she said that.

Earlier story:

Hendricks champions Rowan/Rutgers-Camden plan

 

Prieto not pleased administration keeping Legislature in dark over higher-ed plan