Christie signs teacher certification transfer for military spouses

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation into law Thursday that supporters say will go a long way in assisting spouses of service members find work in the Garden State.

The governor signed A2892, which allows military spouses who hold teaching certificates in another state to apply for temporary teaching certificates in New Jersey. The bill is geared toward spouses of active military members who are likely to switch jobs due to military transfers.

“Our service members have performed their duties bravely and selflessly, leaving their families behind and making sacrifices for us here at home,” Christie said in a  statement.

“After serving in battle or in support of our military objectives, many return without the support they deserve for rejoining the civilian workforce,” he said. “This is unacceptable, and we need to do more. This series of measures will help our military families and breadwinners transition back into civilian life and into the New Jersey workforce.”

Christie also signed Executive Order No. 134, which creates the New Jersey Military Installation Growth and Development Task Force.

The five-person task force will be responsible for issuing “recommendations to preserve, enhance and strengthen New Jersey’s military installations,” according to the order.

Christie signs teacher certification transfer for military spouses