UNION, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — When it comes to pricey tables, you might have to go to Las Vegas to sit at one more expensive than what they’ve got at Kean University in New Jersey.
As CBS2’s Scott Rapoport reported, the university paid $219,000 on a custom-built table from a company in China, where it has a campus that it hopes to expand. And some people are not happy about it at all.
“It’s actually pretty crazy,” said Kean University sophomore Ebony Mainor. “It’s very shocking.”
“Why did they need such a grand luxury table?” added Kean junior Gabrielle Rivera.
This high-tech, high-gloss, high cost custom-made conference table purchased by the school for meetings in its new Green Lane building. The building is state-of-the-art in every way, according to the university.
A monumental fiscal waste at more than 200 grand, say critics.
“Frankly, this is just a slap in the face to every tax payer in this state,” said New Jersey State Assemblyman Joe Cryan (D-Union/Elizabeth.)
Cryan said it is appalling that the taxpayer-funded university would spend so extravagantly. He said Kean had the highest tuition increase of any public university in New Jersey last year – with tuition around $11,000 a year now, 1010 WINS’ Rebecca Granet reported.
“Kean University has a history of abuse of the process of bidding and purchasing,” the assemblyman told Granet.