Backing Alexander over Gill in LD34, Jackson says he is ‘crossing the Rubicon’ on education issue

MONTCLAIR – Supporting Mark Alexander for the state Senate in LD 34, Bishop Reginald Jackson identified the issue of education as the major contrast point between his candidate and incumbent state Sen. Nia Gill (D-34).

“Absolutely,” Jackson said when PolitickerNJ.com asked if that’s why he backs the challenger, a Seton Hall University law professor and former statewide director of Obama’s New Jersey campaign.

“I am at the Rubicon,” added the bishop, standing on the wrap-around porch of Alexander’s sprawling Montclair home. “I can no longer support his opponent. I can no longer support candidates who support failing schools.”

“I’m going to see what the options are on the table,” said Alexander, not ruling out vouchers.

Jackson identified Gill’s dug-in opposition to school vouchers – expressed in her nay vote on the Opportunity Scholarship Act – as the crux of his dissatisfaction.

Rumored to be mulling an endorsement of Gov. Chris Christie, who supports vouchers, Jackson said he has not yet decided on governor.

“I’m endorsing Mark Alexander,” he said. “I’ve met with the governor and Senator Buono. I may not decide to endorse anyone.”

PolitickerNJ.com pointed out that logic would dictate his support for Christie. If he won’t back Gill becasue she has ruled out vouchers, how could he support Buono, who has likewise ruled out vouchers?

“I’ve been accused of not always being logical,” Jackson cracked.

Backing Alexander over Gill in LD34, Jackson says he is ‘crossing the Rubicon’ on education issue