By Brian Markison

New Jersey is one of five states that invested zero in higher education facilities during the past five years, while our neighbors in New York and Connecticut — who compete aggressively to attract businesses and jobs in critical economic sectors — were investing hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Next month, when New Jersey voters head to the polls for the presidential election, they can reverse this disturbing and economically detrimental trend.

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David Karas/The Times of Trenton. TCNJ professors and staffs gather around the TCNJ's Green Hall building in this file photo.
This year’s ballot asks voters to approve the state’s first bond issue for higher education facilities in 24 years. Passage will bolster the economy, both short- and long-term.
Gov. Chris Christie and the Legislature support the ballot measure because one, they recognize spending $750 million on college campuses will create jobs, and two, they appreciate it is both overdue and essential if our colleges and universities are to serve the needs of the state, its students and business community.


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