PRINCETON TOWNSHIP – Gov. Chris Christie and U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan Wednesday expressed unity on the issue of educational reform.
Speaking in general terms, both expressed support during a brief public appearance at the Drumthwacket governor’s mansion for school choice and the need for improving schools.
Christie, who said he agrees wholeheartedly with the president on educational reform and the need for change, said of Duncan, “What he and the president are doing is making possible the kind of reform we’re talking about in New Jersey.”
He said he considers Duncan a “great ally.’’
Duncan praised the changes proposed in Newark, and said “Mayor Cory Booker is putting his reputation on the line.” He said the pursuit of school choice there has the potential to turn Newark “into the best urban school system in the country in five years.”
Christie and Duncan met privately for a short time before making their public statements.
Duncan said that “the governor and I share a sense of urgency” on educational reform considering the nation’s 25 percent dropout rate and how the U.S. is being outperformed by other nations.