Shortly after the U.S. House approved an education funding bill that is expected to give New Jersey access to $268 million to rehire and retain teachers, the press office of Gov. Chris Christie issued a statement declaring Christie’s commitment to applying for the funds.
“While Governor Chris Christie believes that using this type of non-recurring funding for operating expenses is ill advised because it will disappear after one year, the Governor will apply for the education funding passed by the House today in order to ensure it is managed and distributed to local school districts by the State of New Jersey, and not the federal government,” said Press Secretary Michael Drewniak.
“Guaranteeing New Jersey is in control of these education dollars will ensure that these funds are used by all school districts to help restore some of the federal stimulus funds lost in this year’s difficult budget.”
Drewniak had earlier told the Star-Ledger that the governor did not know whether or not he would apply for the federal funds to undo in part the consequences of his own state aid cuts to education.