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Christie 'wholeheartedly' agrees with president's education reform efforts

christieNutley032511_optGov. Chris Christie and U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan met behind closed doors in Princeton Wednesday and the Republican governor emerged to describe himself as an ally of Democratic President Obama when it comes to education reform.

Christie and Duncan offered brief statements after the meeting a Drumthwacket, the governor‘s mansion, but did not take questions from reporters. Duncan was in the state for a number of appearances, including a meeting earlier in the day with Newark Mayor Cory Booker. Duncan spoke at Princeton University after his meeting with the governor.

"Secretary Duncan and I have a lot of common views and interests on the school reform agenda," Christie said. "What he and the president are doing is making possible the kind of reforms that are happening in New Jersey, that are happening in other states. I agree wholeheartedly with the president's efforts in this regard."

"The opportunity in Newark is staggering," Duncan said. He added there is "no reason" Newark cannot become the best urban public school system in the country in five years.

"I look at it as a civil rights issue, I look at it as an economic imperative, I look at it as an issue of national security," Duncan said.

– TOM HESTER SR., NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

 

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