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.