September 2012 Church & State | AU Bulletin

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has conceded that his school voucher plan is dead for 2012.

Christie was asked about the matter during a town hall meeting in Mahwah, and blamed the death of the bill on Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-Essex/Passaic), who Christie said refuses to move the measure.

“Bottom line, it is not going to happen this year,” Christie said June 27, according to Teaneck Patch. “But hang in there…. I am going to continue to push for it, and hopefully we can get Sheila Oliver to do the right thing and post that bill for the people of New Jersey.” 

But the legislative situation may be a little more complex than the governor admitted publicly. While the voucher bill did pass committees in the Assembly and Senate, there was no guarantee that it was going to clear the full chambers. In fact, many legislators had expressed concerns about the proposal.

Christie has vowed to push for vouchers again next year, meaning Americans United and other voucher opponents must monitor the situation closely.