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Let Your Voice Be Heard About Proposed Budget Cuts in Higher Ed by the State of NJ

Thursday, April 27, 2006  
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The proposed budget for the State of New Jersey for fiscal 2007 contains significant reductions in aid for institutions of higher education.   Saint Peter’s College is one of 14 members of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in New Jersey (AICUNJ).   If the proposed budget is enacted, our member institutions face a 50 percent reduction in aid, from $24 to $12 million.   This reduction translates into a loss of approximately $770,000 for Saint Peter’s College.


AICUNJ institutions have made significant contributions to our State, enrolling more than 65,500 students or nearly 17 percent of all students in higher education as of fall 2004.   Our schools awarded 23 percent of all degrees in our State and continue to play a major role in equipping students with the skills necessary in a highly-competitive economy.     Of the advanced degrees awarded in 2004-2005, AICUNJ institutions granted 40 percent, with higher percentages in areas such as the Physical Sciences, Business, Nursing and Engineering.


As the budget negotiations continue over the next several weeks, I encourage you to participate in this discussion.   For your information, I have listed below contact information for certain legislative leaders.   You may also go to  to find the name and contact information for the legislator from your respective municipality or district.


I urge all those associated with the mission of Saint Peter’s College and both public and private higher education in New Jersey – students, faculty, alumni, staff and others – to express your views on the importance of ongoing financial support to higher education.



Fr. James N. Loughran, S.J.


Saint Peter’s College


New Jersey Senate

Senator Richard J. Codey (Senate President)

District Office:   449 Mount Pleasant Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052  

Phone:     (973)-731-6770



Senator Wayne R. Bryant (Chair, Appropriations Committee)

District Office:   501 Cooper Street, Camden, NJ 08102  

Phone:   (856)-757-0552



Senator Shirley K. Turner (Chair, Education Committee)

District Office:   1440 Pennington Rd., 1st Floor, Ewing, NJ 08618  

Phone:   (609)-530-3277



New Jersey Assembly

Assemblyman Joseph J. Roberts (Speaker of the Assembly)

District Office:   Brooklawn Shopping Plaza, Rt. 130 South &

Browning Rd., Brooklawn, NJ 08030  

Phone:     (856)-742-7600



Assemblyman Patrick J. Diegnan (Chair, Higher Education Committee)

District Office:   908 Oak Tree Ave., Unit P, South Plainfield, NJ 07080  

Phone:     (908)-757-1677



Assemblyman Louis D. Greenwald (Chair, Budget Committee)

District Office:   1103 Laurel Oak Avenue, Suite 142, Voorhees, NJ 08043  

Phone:     (856)-435-1247



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