‘Special interests’ stand in way of school reform, Christie says

BERGENFIELD – Gov. Chris Christie blames “special interest” groups on the failure to enact certain school reforms he says are necessary to improving education in New Jersey.

The governor told a friendly Bergenfield crowd Tuesday that Garden State students are in need of more hours in the classroom and longer school years in order to stay competitive. Christie blamed special interests with blocking those changes for purely their own personal interests.

“They don’t want a longer school year, they like having the summer off,” said Christie, referring to the adults – not the students – who he accuses of blocking the reforms.

Christie argued longer school days and years are needed to ensure students are educated.

“We can’t say to ourselves, ‘Look, the hell with those kids, they’re going to have to fail,’” he said, referring to students who are falling behind.

“That’s not an acceptable answer,” Christie said.

‘Special interests’ stand in way of school reform, Christie says