Special interests alive and well, Christie says in lamenting lack of voucher programs

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SAYREVILLE – Gov. Chris Christie again turned his attention to New Jersey’s teacher unions when talking about school vouchers.

The governor told residents the reason the state does not have a school voucher program is because of “the power” of special interests in New Jersey. Christie was asked by a resident whether he supports a voucher program.

Yes, Christie responded, saying the state would have such a program if the lawmaker were not feeling pressured by unions.

“This has not passed the Legislature and I think there’s a great deal of opposition in the organized union movement against giving people the option,” he said. “I proposed it over and over and over again.”

Christie’s latest proposal is to infuse $2 million in the Opportunity Scholarship Act. The fact that lawmakers have not acted on the proposal and sent it to his desk is evidence of the strength of the teacher unions, Christie said.

“I think the reason for that shows you the power of some of the special interest in the state,” he said.

Special interests alive and well, Christie says in lamenting lack of voucher programs