NEW BRUNSWICK – Former Gov. Tom Kean said residents will have an opportunity, for “the first time since Ronald Reagan was president, ” to vote on approving funds to upgrade or create new infrastructure at the state’s public colleges and universities.
Speaking at a rally at Rutgers University’s College Avenue campus, he said it’s time everyone focus on what lies ahead.
“It’s about the future, not looking at the past,” he said. “We’re here to fix the future. This is a moment we have to seize.”
He quoted Abraham Lincoln on the importance of being forward-looking.
“When there is no vision, the people perish,” he said.
Kean, who was president of Drew University in Madison for many years after leaving the governor’s office, also described the bond referendum as a mechanism to create jobs, especially among the construction trades.
He pointed out how both labor and business officials were present at the rally at Rutgers University’s College Avenue campus, which underscored how everyone has an interest in having the bond referendum pass.
Voters last passed a state bond referendum for higher education facilities in 1988, when Kean was governor.