Governor Christie Announces $1.3 Billion for Higher Education Construction, Putting Thousands to Work and Improving Facilities for 350,000 Students

176 Projects Sent to Legislature For First Statewide, Voter-Approved Higher Education and Other State-Led Capital Construction in 25 Years

Trenton, NJ – Moving forward to ensure the future of higher education in the Garden State, Governor Christie today announced that Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks has sent the Legislature a list of 176 higher education capital construction projects, the first concerted contribution to New Jersey’s higher education infrastructure in decades. The projects, many of which are shovel-ready, include cutting edge research laboratories, the latest computerized classrooms, and cyber networks that will allow students and faculty to interact with colleagues around the world through long-overdue construction, maintenance and attention to the State’s higher education community.

“Today, we begin a new era of opportunity for New Jersey’s colleges and universities,” Governor Christie said. “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.”

Last August, the Governor signed legislation placing a $750 million General Obligation construction bond question on the ballot. Voters approved the bond authorization in November and Secretary Hendricks took swift action and proposed regulations in December. In addition, Secretary Hendricks announced that the State would also be making available bond proceeds from the reauthorization of four other higher education funding programs – the Higher Education Capital Improvement Fund (CIF); the Higher Education Facilities Trust Fund (HEFT); the Higher Education Technology Infrastructure Fund (HETI); and the Higher Education Equipment Leasing Fund (ELF). The combined capacity of these programs is more than $1.3 billion. During the process, Secretary Hendricks sent out a solicitation package and hosted an information session in February, and by March 25, 2013, colleges and universities submitted more than 250 applications for funding.

A team of experts from the Educational Facilities Authority, the Economic Development Authority, the Schools Development Authority and the Department of Treasury reviewed and recommended the approval of projects to Secretary Hendricks, who then compiled the list that best reflects the State’s higher education goals and priorities. Selected projects targeted academic programs, especially science, technology, engineering and math. Institutions were required to detail how projects served students and aligned with New Jersey’s workforce needs.

“Our team looked for innovative projects that were in line with the missions of the colleges and New Jersey’s needs. I’m proud that higher education institutions in every region of our state will benefit,” Secretary Hendricks said. “We had 46 institutions submit applications for $2.1 billion in funding, and I want to commend the higher education community for the impressive quality of the applications.”

The full list of projects transmitted to the Legislature for consideration is attached [pdf 4.6MB] and a breakdown of proposed awards by institution is below:

(by institution type)



Public Research Universities

      New Jersey Institute of Technology


      Rowan University


      Rutgers University (all campuses)




Senior Public Institutions

      Kean University


      Montclair State University


      New Jersey City University


      Ramapo College of New Jersey


      Richard Stockton College of NJ


      The College of New Jersey


      Thomas Edison State College


      William Paterson University


Private Institutions

      Beth Medrash Govoha


      Bloomfield College


      Caldwell College


      Centenary College


      Drew University


      Fairleigh Dickinson University


      Felician College


      Georgian Court University


      Princeton Theological Seminary


      Princeton University


      Rider University


      Saint Peter’s University


      Seton Hall University


      Stevens Institute of Technology


      The College of Saint Elizabeth


County Colleges

      Atlantic Cape Community College


      Bergen Community College


      Brookdale Community College


      Burlington Community College


      Camden County College


      County College of Morris


      Cumberland County College


      Essex County College


      Gloucester County College


      Hudson County Community College


      Mercer County Community College


      Middlesex County College


      Ocean County College


      Passaic County Community College


      Raritan Valley Community College


      Salem Community College


      Sussex County Community College


      Union County College


      Warren County Community College


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Press Contact:
Michael Drewniak
Colin Reed

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