By Matthew Arco | March 14th, 2013 - 3:41pm
| More

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie’s comments at his most recent town hall fall in line with similar statements echoed by members of the African American community in recent years, the governor’s office says.

Responding for the first time Thursday to criticism from Democrats that the governor overstepped when speaking at a Paterson town hall, spokesman Michael Drewniak referred reporters to statements made in 2010 by then-Rev. Reginald Jackson, the executive director of the Black Ministers Council.

“We have heard this promise and witnessed this betrayal before,” Jackson was quoted saying about the Opportunity Scholarship Act when advocating for its passage.

Jackson, who has since been elected bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church General Conference, was a proponent of the scholarship act.

“The fate of this bill is in the hands of the Democratic majority in the New Jersey Legislature, especially Speaker Sheila Oliver,” Jackson said. “African Americans are the most loyal base of the Democratic Party and our children are the ones primarily trapped in failing schools. The Democratic Party must stop taking us for granted and failing to act for our children.”

Drewniak directed reporters to the statement just hours after the pastor of the church Christie spoke at earlier this week said the governor should apologize to Oliver and Paterson residents for his comments.

“Today, 1,009 days since the Opportunity Scholarship Act was introduced, Governor Christie wholeheartedly agrees with Bishop Jackson,” Drewniak said.

But despite Drewniak’s comment and his connection to remarks made by Jackson, Assembly Democrats say the administration fails to fully grasp the harmful affects of Christie’s statements.

“The governor’s office continues to struggle mightily to make any sense of Gov. Christie’s polarizing comments,” said Assembly Democratic spokesman Tom Hester.

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: August 29th

Belmar mayor's race: a wave of post-Sandy project politics stirs up seaside Monmouth borough BELMAR - When Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty rolled out his re-election campaign in February, he did so still basking in the glow of what many residents of the 6,000-person Monmouth County seaside borough saw...

Op-Ed

White House’s Tuition Challenge Being Met in NJ

By MICHAEL W. KLEIN In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students.  The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have... Read More >

Contributors

My Republican Hillary Clinton Experience    There is a veritable plethora of reportage in print, internet, television and radio media speculating as to whether Hillary Clinton will seek the Democratic... more »
(8-27-14) All Americans Should Support Gov. Perry - Political prosecutions have no place in American life. Those who use the justice system as they are using it in Texas... more »
(Asbury Park, NJ) -- There's a word for someone who says one thing and does another: hypocrite.  There's no shortage of 'em in Trenton -- from ... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Christie’s method for coping with scandal has been more complicated. In January, the seemingly-local issue of lane closings on the George Washington Bridge, which created a massive traffic jam in the Hudson River town of Fort Lee, became one of national interest when it was revealed that one of Christie’s closest staffers had ordered them—for what looked like political retribution against a Democratic mayor. The scandal was quickly dubbed 'Bridgegate,' and unfortunately for Christie, it played into his reputation as a bully. Christie's response was to act unlike himself: humble." - Olivia Nuzzi

- The Daily Beast

Poll

Who is a better field general for his party as both try to win governor's races around the country?:

Blogroll

Visit the PolitickerNJ.com/resources page for links to the best collection of information on New Jersey state government.

 

  • Polls
  • The best blogs
  • Columnists
  • State election results
  • Assembly election results
  • Local party websites
  • And more.

PolitickerNJ.com/resources