Candidates Are Drawing School Choice Battle Lines in Campaign to Succeed New Jersey Gov. Christie
- Leading Democratic candidate Phil Murphy, a retired Goldman Sachs banker, onetime U.S. ambassador to Germany, and former NAACP board member, refused to support the organization’s resolution last summer calling for a moratorium on charter schools, saying it went too far. But Murphy, who announced his candidacy even before the vote, has been walking a fine line. He told The Star-Ledger he supports high-performing charter schools — but he also favors a “time-out” on charter growth. Murphy is favored to win both the primary and the general election in November.
Christie’s lieutenant governor, Republican Kim Guadagno, used one of her first policy statements in the race to talk about her support for school choice. She also favors school vouchers.
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