Doherty made the point that the individuals in Hoboken have a median income of $69,000, compared to $29,000 in Hackettstown. And yet Hoboken, not Hackettstown, has a state paid-for pre-K program based on its designation as an Abbott School District.
“You could be a Wall Street executive and before you hop in your limo you could drop your child off at pre-school paid for by the taxpayers of Hackettstown,” Doherty said.
That’s when Ruiz jumped in.
“How do we bridge our achievement gap?” she said, identifying what she said was the subject at hand. “How do we expand high optimal programs? Hoboken [when designated an Abbott District] was a different community than it is today. It’s nothing we’re going to figure out toda. Many Latino and African-American families needed to utilize those programs.”
Doherty refused to yield.
“I’m disappointed in the State of New Jersey not recognizing the changing demographic situation in the state of New Jersey,” said the western New Jersey Republican. “Now we have communities that have recovered where business owners have to move out because they cant afford the rent anymore. What have you done to update the program? My constituents are getting the wrong end of the stick here. The State of New Jersey is aware of this issue and refuses to do anything about it.”
Sen. Teresa Ruiz is from Belleville. Poor kids in Belleville are on the wrong side of the Abbott track, just like poor kids in Hackettstown
Why doesn't Ruiz support Doherty on this? When will any progressives in NJ realize that the Abbott regime has a reactionary side?