UPDATE: Click Here to Watch, Discuss Gov. Christie's Speech

New Jersey's governor is giving his State of the State address, outlining his goals for 2012.

Governor Chris Christie delivered his "State of the State Address" to the 215th Session of the Legislature and New Jersey residents at 3 p.m. Tuesday. In his address, Christie outlined his goals for the coming year and what he has accomplished his first two years in office.

In his speech, he touched on hot button issues of education and pension reform and called for a 10 percent state income tax cut. For more details on Christie's speech, read our wrap-up article .

Patch live blogged the speech from 2:30 to about 5 p.m. You can read the minute-by-minute updates with commentary from Huffington Post Political Reporter John Celock in the attached blog. If you missed the live chat and want to leave a comment, please do in the comment thread below this article.

Truthteller January 24, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Porter and Cindy it would be nice if you had all the facts. First if you remove the scores of the students who are at the poverty level and below the United States ranks number 1 or 2 in the world. Second you must consider if you are comparing apples to apples. If we allow every child an opportunity are we being compared with nations that do the same. There is room for improvement in our schools but don't be fooled this movement for charter and private schools is not about student achievement it is all about people finding a way to get their hands on public dollars.
Big Daddy 1 January 24, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Morrigan - I know you were not quoting NJ public teacher union percentages (near 100%), but that is what we are talking about in this discussion.
Truthteller January 24, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Cindy in one comment you state that everyone can have an opinion. In the very next comment you make a statement " most schools are not like yours". Perhaps you do not realize it but, it sounds as if you are stating fact rather then opinion. You are correct the 2011 SAT verbal score was the lowest ever. Also worth noting is every year since about 1976 the verbal score has been within 15 points of the highest score meaning the grades average between 497 in 2011 and 511 or 512 in the 70"s. Today there are many more students taking the SAT test. That number includes a great deal of economically disadvantaged and students with special needs which was unheard of in the 70's. So with this increase in students taking the SAT who are at risk I would suggest that perhaps public schools are doing well. However, the schools can't do everything but that is what our legislature has burdened them with. Ask you district for a list of unfunded mandates. Read a book called Public Schools Can't Do It Alone by Jammie Volmer. You may come to the same conclusions but you may also be enlightened. I once saw things your way then I did some real research.
Porterincollingswood January 24, 2012 at 09:15 PM
When did I trash public schools? What would happen if you removed the students below poverty level in the nations we're comparing? I imagine that the poor of France and Canada aren't as poor as their American counterparts (by virtue of the safety nets that exist there that don't here) but countries like South Korea and Poland and Estonia compare favorably with the US as well. Can you let me know where I could find that information? Sounds interesting, I get where you are coming from and would like to see that kind of analysis.
John Wayne January 24, 2012 at 09:19 PM
My point is everyone can pull information and list it as it is fact, but is it really fact and is the information actually accurate? There is so many polls about different schools, testing, etc.... d I am not quite sure if they are not fudge by who ever wants you to believe what they are trying to sell or promote. It is believing and personally I do not on a lot of issues including education. They want you to believe and they push issues and it is constantly changing to suit who ever is pushing what they feel is the best. They can make something look good when it actually is not, it is just the way it is. Sorry, but the difference is I feel it is more than a few, I here the same from everyone, they are not impressed with the school that touted was so good, to who the ones who are promoting their own.


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