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(NEWSER) – New Jersey's Kean University has a big new conference table. It seats 23. And it happened to cost $219,000. And that has one lawmaker up in arms over the purchase, which was made from a company in China, where Kean recently opened a branch campus that is being financed by the Chinese government. "Whether or not this is legal, it's certainly not ethical and it's a waste of taxpayer money," Assemblyman Joe Cryan said in a statement.

"I don't need a study to know a university shouldn't be spending up to $219,000 for a conference table. I already know it's wrong. So do the students and families struggling to afford a higher education."

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