HH: Right now, I’m pleased to welcome back the Governor of the Garden State, Chris Christie. Governor Christie, welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show.
CC: Hugh, happy to be back.
HH: Good to have you. You made a major speech today on Common Core, and I want to go there. In fact, let’s go there first. It’s something of a change for you, is it not, to be in the position of saying to the country slow down, take a step back and let’s start over with Common Core?
CC: Yeah, listen, you know, Common Core started to be implemented in our state during my campaign for governor by my predecessor. And so it was well down the road when I got in. And so I said okay, we’ll give it a try. And what I’ve concluded after a time of watching our folks see the federal takeover of it and then struggling to try to implement it and get buy in from parents and educators. It simply doesn’t work. And I think when that happens, you have to admit that that’s the case. We have. And we’re saying now, here’s the deal. Let’s get students and teachers and parents in New Jersey to set high standards, higher standards, that are New Jersey-based standards. And so that’s the course that we’ve embarked on today. And you know, we gave it a try. The federal government intervened, and really put federal regulation and the federal purse in the middle of all this. And so when you realize that you can’t get, you know, people are not buying in and it’s not working, you need to move on. Continue Reading