Stockton University Receives Funding for More Jobs

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ATLANTIC COUNTY, N.J. -

On Thursday, July 6th, Stockton University's Board of Trustees learned that the number of state-funded positions for Fiscal Year 2018 for the university increased.

The funding will cover pension and healthcare benefit costs for an additional 168 positions, allowing the university to hire faculty, security personnel, and operational staff essential for the future Atlantic City campus.

“This represents the largest increase in our central appropriation in Stockton’s history and equates to an additional $4 million to our FY18 operating budget,” said Stockton President Harvey Kesselman.

Kesselman acknowledged Senator John Whelan (D-N.J.) and Assemblyman Vincent Mazzeo (D-N.J.), the primary sponsors of the Budget Resolution, and Senators Chris Connors (R-N.J.), Jeff Van Drew (D-N.J.), as well as Assembly members Chris A. Brown, DiAnne C. Gove, Brian E. Rumpf, and Troy Singleton, who all strongly supported the university’s increase.

Stockton received bipartisan support from both northern and southern New Jersey legislators throughout the budget process.

“I want to particularly thank Senate President [Stephen] Sweeney (D-N.J.) and Assembly Majority Leader [Louis] Greenwald for their extraordinary support of Stockton," said Kesselman. "Last year, Governor Christie said he would begin to recognize Stockton’s enrollment growth and commitment to the revitalization of Atlantic City. He reiterated this at our groundbreaking just a few months ago. He has delivered, and we are grateful for the support."

Kesselman also pointed to Jon Hanson, chairman of the Governor's Advisory Commission on New Jersey Gaming, Sports and Entertainment, and called his leadership “instrumental in making the A.C. Gateway Project a reality.”

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