Top story about AU’s lawsuit in New Jersey, via Americans United’s September 2013 Church & State Magazine, by Sarah Jones. Please click the link below the quote to read the rest of the article!
When New Jersey residents went to the polls in November of 2012, they did more than vote for a president and members of Congress; they also approved a ballot measure allowing the state to borrow $750 million to renovate and expand its network of colleges and universities.
Public Question 1 passed easily, garnering 62 percent of the vote. Gov. Chris Christie (R) hailed the result, saying in a press release, “To keep more of our best students in the State and to make our colleges more attractive research partners for industries looking to bring good paying jobs and businesses here, we need modern facilities to remain competitive.”
Voters’ intentions might have been good, but events have taken a troubling turn since then. Bond funding has been issued to some unexpected sources, with the Christie administration directing more than $11 million to an Orthodox yeshiva and a Presbyterian seminary.
Stipulations published by Christie’s own office state that funding priority goes to institutions that “promote research excellence and workforce readiness, advance STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] education, promote access to opportunity for all New Jersey and, ultimately, improve higher education in the state as a whole.”