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Governor Murphy touts aid for schools in state budget

By: - September 13, 2022 7:14 am

Gov. Phil Murphy touting his administration's investment in education at Ridge High School in Bernards Township on Sept. 12, 2022. (NJ Governor’s Office)

Gov. Phil Murphy stopped at a Somerset County high school Monday morning to tout his administration’s investment in public education.

Murphy highlighted the $9.9 billion in state aid for schools in the current fiscal year budget, a $650 million increase from the prior year. Since 2018, the Murphy administration has increased school aid by $1.8 billion. 

“Every penny of additional funding that we can deploy from Trenton is a penny that local taxpayers can keep in their pockets. That’s true in every community in New Jersey,” he said

He noted Bernards Township — home to Ridge High School, where Murphy stopped on Monday — will see $887,212 more in state aid compared to last year, representing a 16% jump.

He also pointed to additional state aid for schools, including $120 million of American Rescue Plan dollars to improve preschool facilities and another $68 million to expand state-funded full-day preschool.

Last week, Murphy announced that 27 districts will receive funding for preschool expansion aid, which will add about 2,150 3- and 4-year-old children to the statewide program. Those districts will begin their programs in early October.

The administration is also dedicating $2 million each to computer science education and a new academic recovery program focused on reading. Another $5 million will go to a new climate change education grant.

At Ridge High School, Murphy was joined by Sen. Jon Bramnick (R-Union), who stressed the importance of bipartisanship at a time when “our democracy is under attack from within.” Bramnick has been criticized by some conservatives for his willingness to work with Democrats on various issues.

“We’re in a school, we do not teach how to fight. We teach how to compromise,” said Bramnick, who added that investing in education is “probably the best-spent money.”

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Sophie Nieto-Munoz
Sophie Nieto-Munoz

Sophie Nieto-Muñoz, a New Jersey native and former Trenton statehouse reporter for, shined a spotlight on the state’s crumbling unemployment system and won several awards for investigative reporting from the New Jersey Press Association. She was a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists for her report on PetSmart's grooming practices, which was also recognized by the New York Press Club. Sophie speaks Spanish and is proud to connect to the Latinx community through her reporting.