Jackson Mayor Reina Slams Murphy for School Aid Cut, Gas Tax Hike


JACKSON-Jackson Township taxpayers will continue to pay more in school taxes than other districts around the state, but will now receive even less state aid in the recent budget passed by Governor Phil Murphy.

Mayor Michael Reina said today that the state aid cut is not fair to students and families living in Jackson Township.   In total, between 2018 and 2019, Jackson will lose $2.3 million dollars, leaving the members of the board of education ina position to adjust their budgets to compensate.

“Governor Murphy’s administration reallocated State school funding on July 1, 2018, resulting in a reduction of State Aid to the Jackson Township School District of $1.3 million each year for 2018 and 2019,” Reina and the township declared. “This cut came following the district’s finalization of its budget and staffing for the 2018-2019 school year which was complete in May.”

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Jackson Township by New Jersey state standards and guidelines is considered a wealthy community and receives less money back on its school taxes than many of the states urban communities.

“The reduction in state aid will undoubtedly result in the loss of quality teachers and program available to our students,” Reina said.

“Right now, the biggest threat to Jackson Township is the administration of Governor Phil Murphy and the Trenton Democrats,”  -Michael Reina, Mayor, Jackson, NJ 

The township claims the failure to rescind this reduction in state aid will result in a devastating $17.5 million impact on Jackson Township residents by 2024 and it is the desire of the governing body to oppose the reduction school funding allocation to the Jackson Township School District by Governor Murphy.

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Reina said that while his administration is busy trying to move Jackson forward on projects such as the Adventure Sports and Entertainment complex and hotels adjacent to Six Flags Great Adventure, he’s worried about the climate in Trenton and how the Murphy administration could work to derail the progress made.

“Right now, the biggest threat to Jackson Township is the administration of Governor Phil Murphy and the Trenton Democrats,” Reina said.  Reina also criticized the recent gas tax hike announced by Governor Murphy and the impact it will have on Jackson residents, who mostly travel long distances each day to work.

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