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Gov. Christie promises to veto bill ending school takeovers

April 26, 2016

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he would veto legislation to eliminate state takeovers of school districts.

The Republican governor spoke Tuesday at a news conference at Englewood Hospital and denounced a measure unveiled earlier by Democratic lawmakers.

He says the state doesn’t take over school districts “because we’ve got nothing better to do.” Rather, he says, it’s because some districts have been failures.

Going back to the 1980s, the state has taken over schools in Jersey City, Newark and Paterson. Under Christie, Camden schools came under state control.

Under the proposal from Assembly members Sheila Oliver, Grace Spencer, Shavonda Sumter, Cleopatra Tucker and Benjie Wimberly, a special election could be called to decide whether to return districts to local control if the state doesn’t give it up.