By David Levinsky
New Jersey voters will be asked on Election Day to decide whether to grant the state approval to borrow $500 million to fund expansion of county vocational programs, school security improvements and lead remediation projects.
TRENTON — Control of Congress isn’t the only thing at stake when voters go to the polls on Nov. 6.
In addition to selecting seats in U.S. Senate, House and county and local offices, New Jersey voters will also be asked to decide whether to grant the state approval to borrow $500 million to fund expansion of county vocational programs, school security improvements and lead remediation projects.
New Jersey voters haven’t rejected a bond referendum since 2007 when they turned down borrowing $450 million to support stem cell research in New Jersey, but supporters of the measure aren’t taking approval for granted.
On Monday, a who’s who of state lawmakers, business, labor and school advocates gathered at the Statehouse for a news conference to publicize the referendum and urge voters to support it, arguing that the projects the bonds are expected to fund are crucial to schools and for businesses.
“It’s very rare when you have labor, business, education, everyone in agreement that we need to do this,” said Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-3rd of West Deptford, who originally conceived of the bond referendum for vocational schools in order give more students the opportunity to receive technical training.