Christie says N.J. is first East Coast state to join Woodrow Wilson teacher fellowship program

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie announced New Jersey will be the first East Coast state to participate in the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship program.

The governor held a news conference Friday saying he’s “proud to have that distinction” for the Garden State. The fellowship program provides $30,000 stipends for teachers to work at certain at-risk schools under three-year contracts.

“We’re reaffirming our commitment to investing in teacher talent,” Christie said.

Officials say the program’s goal Is to provide strong math and science teachers in understaffed schools. 

"He’s obviously working very, very hard at it. I mean he’s traveling all over the country as chairman of the [Republican Governors Association] and I think at this point he has as good a chance or better than anybody else. His name is household word all across the country, and I think he would make a great president."
—former U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton (R-3), on Gov. Chris Christie