Senate approves Cerf for Education post

TRENTON – The Senate approved several appointments today, including that of Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf.

After serving since late 2010 as the ‘acting’ Education chief, he finally has that adjective removed from his title.

Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee granted Cerf a nomination hearing. His appearance had been held up for more than a year by the practice of senatorial courtesy, in which his home district senator – in this case Ronald Rice, (D-28), Newark – put a block on his hearing.

But Cerf eventually moved to a new district, which raised questions at his hearing, but in the end, the panel unanimously released his nomination.

The Senate, after voting on the judicial pensions constitutional amendment today, quickly approved the various nominations before it.

Senate approves Cerf for Education post