He’s certainly not the first one to say it: NJ loses too many college-bound students to out of state schools each year.
But there Christie was at the College of New Jersey, with former Governor Tom Kean to hit the point home.
The two Republicans met with a group of students, even taking their questions. According to Christie, 29,000 students leave NJ for schools out of state each year. he claims Governor Corzine has neglected higher Ed not only by reducing state subsidies ( which leads to higher tuition ), but by failing to meet with the presidents of the state’s colleges and universities even once during his tenure as Governor.
Echoing the point, Kean ( who used to be president of Drew University ) says his problem with the Corzine Administration is that while they claim there isn’t enough money to go around due to the sagging economy, Corzine began cutting higher ed funding before the financial meltdown.
To finish the point, everyone agrees that there simply aren’t enough spaces at those NJ institutions to keep students here. There is only room to accomodate 30% percent of them.
And of course, the circular logic goes like this: If students leave the state for school, they may not come back. That leads to a lack of innovation and by extension a lack of new business here which hurts the state’s economy.
tough problem, indeed.