Chris Christie, the Republican governor of New Jersey, said Thursday that Republican politicians are leading the way for better educational opportunities for poor and minority children through voucher programs for private schools, while Democrats passively stand by or obstruct their efforts, ABC OTUS News reports. The partisan framing of his education agenda is a bit of a departure from Christie’s earlier praise of President Barack Obama’s education reforms, and may hint at how the issue will play out in the presidential campaign. Mitt Romney said Wednesday that President Obama’s lack of support for the voucher program in Washington, D.C., is “inexcusable.” Christie made the remarks Thursday at the American Federation for Children and the Alliance for School Choice’s annual policy summit in Jersey City…

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