It was surreal last week, seeing Governor Christie on the podium surrounded by moderate Republican Diane Allen, Democratic Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Garden State Equality’s Steven Goldstein. Not exactly a group one would envision in being in agreement on an issue, but they were.
They were there to announce an allocation of $1 million to support anti-bullying legislation.
After a complaint from a small school district, the original law was found by the little-known Council on Mandates to be an unfunded mandate. That finding gave the legislature 60 days to provide the funds or else the law would be nullified.
Today, the Assembly Appropriations Committee released a bill allocating the funds provided that all other sources of funding were exhausted.
After she testified about the bill to the committee, I asked the sponsor, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle if the one million dollars was enough to cover the state’s 600+ school districts: