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Bishop Jackson Endorses Christie

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. July 8, 2013

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Bishop Jackson endorses Christie at Statehouse news conference (photo by Phil Gregory)

A top-ranking member of African Methodist Episcopal Church in New Jersey is endorsing Governor Chris Christie for re-election.

After supporting Democrat Jon Corzine four years ago based on friendship, Bishop Reginald Jackson says he’s now backing Christie because of his education policies.

“Governor Christie has not only made education a priority, but he has been vocal and strong in his commitment to see that every child in the state of New Jersey gets a good education.”

Jackson says he’s disappointed Democrats would not agree to put money in the state budget for a pilot program that would have given grants to low-income students to go to better performing schools.

“A quality education is a civil right, and it’s sad for me to see my party, which embraced the civil rights movement, now in New Jersey blocking low and minority children from escaping the slavery of failing schools.”

Jackson says he has heard some of his friends criticize Christie, arguing that he has done little to benefit minorities and low-income residents.

 “But let me ask, what benefits minorities and low-income citizens in this state more than their children getting a good education and having the opportunity for a promising future.”

Christie says education is the issue he feels most passionately about.

 “I absolutely believe that it is immoral, an absolutely immoral position, to say that children have to wait for us to fix the public schools for them to have an opportunity at a better education and as a result the opportunity to reach their highest potential.”

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