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Chris Christie, JD Biography

Governor of New Jersey
Con to the question "Should Teachers Get Tenure?"

“The time for real reform is now… I propose that we reward the best teachers, based on merit, at the individual teacher level. demand that layoffs, when they occur, be based on a merit system and not merely on seniority…

And perhaps the most important step in that process is to give schools more power to remove underperforming teachers. The time for a national conversation on tenure is long past due.

Teaching can no longer be the only profession where you have no rewards for excellence and no consequences for failure to perform. Let New Jersey lead the way again. The time to eliminate teacher tenure is now.”

“Gov. Chris Christie 2011 State of the State Address,”, Jan. 11, 2011

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Governor of New Jersey (R), Jan. 19, 2010-present
  • Chairman, Republican Governors Association, Nov. 21, 2013-present
  • Keynote Speaker, Republican National Convention, 2012
  • US District Attorney, New Jersey, Jan. 17, 2002-2008
  • Officer, Christie Family Foundation, 1999-2001
  • Director, Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, 1997-1998
  • Member, Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, 1994-1998
  • Partner, Dughi, Hewit & Palatucci, 1993
  • Member, American Bar Association, Dec. 1987-present
  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association, Dec. 1987-present
  • Student Body President, University of Delaware, 1984
  • Former Trial litigator, Dughi, Hewit & Palatucci
  • Former Board Member, United Way of Morris County
  • Former Board Member, Family Services of Morris County
  • Former Board Member, Morris County Board of Social Services
  • Former Chairman, Morris County Insurance Commission
  • Former member, Board of Trustees, Daytop Village
  • JD, Seton Hall University School of Law, 1987
  • BA, Political Science, University of Delaware, 1984
  • Twitter handle: @GovChristie
  • Signed Tenure Reform into law, Aug. 2012
  • Born in Newark
  • Currently lives in Mendham, NJ
  • Registered Lobbyist from 2000-2001
  • Former Representative, Seton Hall University School of Law, Benton National Moot Court Competition in Chicago
  • Born Sept. 6, 1962 in Newark, NJ, and raised in Livingston, NJ
  • Has four children with wife Mary Pat Foster, a fellow student at the University of Delaware
  • Christie is of Irish and Sicilian descent
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should Teachers Get Tenure?