Christie Speaks Warmly of Teacher Tenure Bill

July 2, 2012

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie has said he's conflicted over whether to sign a bill to overhaul New Jersey's teacher-tenure laws, but he sounded like he was on board with it during a speech Monday before the Legislature.

Christie cited the law passed unanimously by the Legislature last month as a symbol of bipartisan agreement — but didn't say he would sign it.

Over the past week, Christie has talked several times about feeling conflicted.

He supports making tenure harder for educators to attain and easier to lose, but needs to decide whether he's willing to support a bill that would still use seniority to determine which educators lose their jobs if layoffs occur.