FREEHOLD — At his 131st town hall here today, Gov. Chris Christie said his administration’s repeated failures to overturn the state’s school funding formula has been the “single most frustrating arc during my time as governor.”
Responding to a question about uniquely high property taxes in parts of the state, which critics say is a result of a school funding formula that sends more aid to urban districts than it does suburban, Christie said his efforts to strike a fairer alternative have repeatedly come up against the Supreme Court, which has defended the formula as part of the state’s constitutional requirement for providing a “thorough and efficient” education to its students.
Christie said if the state could give level aid to all districts, property taxes “would drop precipitously.”
“Just throwing money at this problem doesn’t make education better,” he said.
It’s an issue that has also at times put tension between the incumbent and other GOP lawmakers in the Assembly and Senate: following his state of the state address in January, for instance, one Republican state Senator blasted Christie for not doing more to do away with the formula over his two terms in office.