Rutgers, and specifically the basketball program, received the most significant victory of the year Tuesday when Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation beneficial to the university’s facility plan.
The legislation allows Rutgers up to $25 million in state tax credits toward the planned facility upgrades and constructions. Highlights of the proposal unveiled last June include a modernized, indoor practice facility for Rutgers basketball and a football-only training facility at the Hale Center. The initial proposal came under Julie Hermann's tenure as athletic director, but Pat Hobbs announced facilities as a priority immediately after he stepped into the role in December.
"We've got a lot of work to do to compete in the Big Ten," Hobbs said. "That's going to require us to get our facilities upgraded, to get our fundraising going."
The co-sponsored bill by Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. (R-Union) and State Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Union) provides tax credits under the Economic Redevelopment and Growth Grant Program. Lesniak is a Rutgers graduate and vocal athletics supporter.