Sumter not offended by Christie in her Church, praises chance for GOP gov to 'find the Lord'
Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter (D-35), Paterson. By Max Pizarro | March 12th, 2013 - 1:42pm
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Present for Gov. Chris Christie’s town hall in Paterson this afternoon, St. Luke’s Church congregant Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter (D-35) denied she was irritated at Christie for treading in her spiritual wheelhouse.

Quite the contrary, in fact.

“I never mind any person coming to church because I always believe they can find the Lord,” Sumter said.

The Democratic assemblywoman did object, however, to the Republican governor’s proposed salves for embattled public schools. Reporting from the church in Paterson, PolitickerNJ.com’s Matt Arco said Christie told Paterson residents that public schools and lawmakers unwilling to enact change in the state’s education system are robbing New Jersey’s urban students of a future.

Christie wants vouchers and empowered charter schools.

“We don’t have any private high schools in Paterson,” Sumter said. “You have to connect with what’s here and make it work. You have to connect and be in touch with what is here now. I think it’s a clear double standard to talk about private schools when our public schools have real needs.”

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