BRICK-Brick Township is Ocean County’s blue town. The township and the school board are controlled by Trenton backed Democrats, but now, even Mayor John Ducey, who was sworn into office by Governor Murphy can’t stand behind his party allies in Trenton.
Mayor John G. Ducey last month called on on Governor Phil Murphy to veto Senate Bill 2, which was passed by the Senate and Assembly. The bill reduced school aid from over 100 districts, including Brick Township and redistributed it to other districts around the state.
Ducey lashed out at fellow Democrats who control the state legislature.
Under the initial plan, Brick will lose approximately $22.5 million in adjustment aid.
On Friday, when Murphy released the new state aid figures, Brick schools remained in the red, even though an additional $351 million was added to K-12 funding in the Garden State.
“This bill is an affront to our community, our schools and our taxpayers. Eliminating aid from our schools will have a severe impact on Brick Township in terms of higher taxes and poorer education for our schoolchildren,” said Mayor Ducey of the state Democrats’ plan to strip shore towns of much needed state aid. “I implore Governor Murphy to do the right thing and veto this bill.”
In the end, Brick will now lose $1.16 million dollars, or 3% of state aid for education received in 2017.