BY MARINA DISTASI-GRAY
New Jersey colleges and universities will receive $7.5 million from the Building Our Future Bond Act. Of that total, $1.5 million will be designated to county colleges.
“If we want New Jersey to retain its best and brightest students, we have to invest in our colleges and our universities,” Christie said. “If we want to have New Jersey be a place where cutting-edge technologies are developed and perfected and marketed, then we need to invest.”
He received each future project after the committee made the recommendations to the Legislature according to Christie.
“I think it’s going to really, really enhance the educational opportunities here for residents of Morris County,” Christie said.
A recording studio, more classroom space and an experimental theater are a part of CCM’s new music technology building. The engineering and science labs will also be updated with more space and electronics available.
Jeffrey Advokat, chair of the Board of Trustees, introduced the governor and discussed Christie’s past accomplishments.
“Years ago, as soon as he moved to Morris County, Gov. Christie was extremely involved, active, cared about the community and worked so hard,” Advokat said. “Obviously he ran and became one of our freeholders and worked great as a freeholder.”
Christie’s next move was becoming the United States attorney.
“He had an unbelievable record as U.S. attorney, probably the best ever,” Advokat said.
“Governor Christie, now, we all know, is absolutely recognized as one of the strongest leaders in the entire country,” he continued. “And that’s based on all the great work he’s already done,” Advokat said.
Students said they shared the excitement of having the governor visit CCM.
“I respect the fact that he took the time out of his busy career to visit our school. His visit reassures us that we have governmental backing to improve all of New Jersey’s schools,” said Michele Ciz, a business major at CCM. “It’s nice to know that the government is there for us during a much-needed time in our lives.”