The Rutgers athletic programs have been trying to compete ever since they moved over to the Big Ten in 2012. The team hasn’t had the chance to do just that, but it looks like they have the support of a pretty important person.
According to the Asbury Park Press, New Jersey governor and 2016 Presidential hopeful Chris Christie signed a bill that gives the school $25 million in tax credits. The school is expected to use this money to build a new multipurpose center to be used as a basketball practice arena, for which they announced plans for last June.
“This is a terrific head start for us on what we need to get done here with our facilities,” Rutgers Athletics Director Pat Hobbs told Gannett New Jersey. “If it’s a 100-yard dash, the governor put us on the 25-yard line, which is tremendous.”
In March 2015, Christie expressed his support of the program and said that they need top-notch facilities if they ever want to compete in athletics. He said if “they want to be competitive in the Big Ten” then a facilities upgrade is needed while adding that “our contribution to Rutgers continues to get smaller and smaller” when he joined the “Ask the Governor” radio program.
This certainly seems to be a big step the team has just been given and if they use it the correct way, the Scarlet Knights could find themselves at the top of the conference very soon.