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Rutgers Alumni Create Political Action Committee to Support University in Trenton

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Although the Scarlet PAC is not connected with Rutgers University, the independent political action committee's goal is to ensure the university's voice in heard in Trenton. Credits: Rutgers University
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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ —  As the general election season heats up, with candidates vying for governor and the 120 seats in the state Legislature, a group of Rutgers University alumni has formed a state political action committee to help ensure the university's interests are heard in Trenton.

The Scarlet PAC is not connected with the university; it is an independent political action committee with the sole goal of ensuring state lawmakers recognize the interests of Rutgers University in their discussions and debates of pending policies and funding.

The Scarlet PAC is being launched because of the ongoing decline in state funding for Rutgers students over the past 30 years. Meanwhile, competing interests, including pensions, health care and transportation funding, continue to keep the attention.

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These competing interests have historically utilized political action funds in New Jersey to ensure their issues are heard. Rutgers has not.

“For far too long, New Jersey has failed to invest enough in its flagship university,” said Scarlet PAC co-chair Maggie Moran of Belmar. “Rutgers is a New Jersey gem, and should be supported at a much more significant level.”

Members of the Scarlet PAC will educate elected officials, the press and the public on the incredible impact Rutgers has on the state, its graduates and the country, Moran said.

The political action committee hopes to engage Rutgers alumni to become more politically active and have a greater impact on decisions being made in Trenton that affect the university and higher education in the state, she added.

Rutgers has been a transformational force for generations of New Jerseyans, often bestowing the first diplomas for extended families emigrating to the United States. The Scarlet PAC helps ensure that future generations benefit from the same opportunity and experience.

Mike DuHaime, the other co-chair of Scarlet PAC, agreed. “Rutgers is a great institution that allows so many families to take the next step toward achieving the American dream by being the first in their families to graduate college,” he said. “As Rutgers takes the next step toward becoming one of the great major public research universities in America, we who have benefited so much from Rutgers must always look for ways to make it even stronger for the next generation.”

According to a Rutgers Economic Impact Study, there is no other state-funded entity in New Jersey that provides a better return on investment. University graduates fuel the New Jersey economy, impacting all facets.

With more than 250,000 alumni living in New Jersey; the Scarlet PAC can be the mechanism on which to be heard, according to its organizers.

Learn more about the charter members of Scarlet PAC — and to donate to the cause — by visiting scarletpac.com

 

 

 

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