EDISON – At a campaign stop at J.P. Stevens High School in Edison on Thursday, Democratic Congressional candidate Ed Potosnak criticized New Jersey Republicans on education issues.
“I know that when politicians undermine our children’s schools, they undermine our future. Here in New Jersey, our future has been undermined by some for their personal political ambitions,” said Potosnak, referencing Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to cut $800 million in state education aid earlier this year.
“[Christie] chose to put political ideology above the interests of children when he threw out the original ‘Race to the Top’ application because teachers had collaborated in the process,” said Potosnak, who was joined by Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) “In a cynical move calculated to score political points for his national political ambitions, Christie chose to go it alone and submit a hastily crafted application written in one weekend without consultation from educators. New Jersey’s students have lost out, twice now this year, to the tune of $1.2 billion.”
Potosnak also criticized his Republican opponent, Rep. Leonard Lance, for voting against a bill that would provide $268 million to save New Jersey teachers’ jobs. “Times are tough and we all have to make sacrifices,” he said. “But time and again, Republicans like Governor Christie and Congressman Lance expect students to sacrifice their future to pay for adult mistakes.”
“When I go to Congress, I can promise you that I won’t make students pay for the financial gambles of adults. I’ll work to protect our schools and improve them and fight any attempt to cut vital education funding,” concluded Potosnak, a former teacher. “When we make our students a priority, America wins. That’s how we will get our edge back.”
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