By Editor | September 21st, 2010 - 10:56pm
| More

Since the defeat of Washington D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, speculation has turned to the district's schools chancellor and resident education rock star, Michelle Rhee. 

Rhee has been at the heart of the city's hard core reform effort but she has clashed with Fenty's vanquisher, Council Chairman Vincent Gray. 

Now with her future in D.C. undecided, tongues in the education community are wagging that Rhee would make an excellent replacement for fired state education chief Bret Schundler.

Like Gov. Chris Christie, Rhee has been unafraid and unapologetic in battling the teachers union and like Christie, she favors merit pay and tenure reform.

Supporters say she is fighting the good fight and doing what the establishment has avoided for years.  Detractors say she acts too fast and is unresponsive to her critics...Sound familiar?

There is no doubt that a Rhee-Christie match would have the union heading for the mattresses, but Christie has already clashed with one education commissioner who sought to do things his way. Can he handle another?

There is no official word yet on whether Rhee plans to leave D.C. or whether Christie has considered her for the New Jersey job.

 

The Back Room

Report: Christie campaigns for Hutchinson

No real news out of Arkansas this evening as a local report documents Republican Governors Association Chairman Chris Christie stumping in Arkansas on behaf of Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson.

Read More >

LOL

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

(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 »
    My Richard Nixon Ambivalence   Today is the fortieth anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s resignation address to the nation on August 8, 1974. At that time, I was ambivalent about... 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

“Israelis don’t want peace more than the Palestinians, Palestinians don’t want peace more than the Israelis, but I do know one thing: Hamas is a terrorist organization.” - U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9), Paterson.

- PolitickerNJ

Poll

Is there an incumbent congressman at risk in this upcoming general election?:

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

The Back Room is the place where the real work gets done. You will find the analysis, the dirty truth and the inside scoop you’ve come to expect from PolitickerNJ over the years.

Send tips to:
editor@politickernj.com