Christie Antagonist Ends Term

Leadership job ending for one of Gov. Chris Christie's biggest antagonists

A key leadership job is coming to a close for one of Gov. Chris Christie's biggest antagonists.

New Jersey Education Association President Barbara Keshishian's term expires on Aug. 31.

She will be succeeded by Burlington County mathematics teacher Wendell Steinhauer.

The NJEA is the state's largest teachers' union.

Keshishian has been the face of the group that became a lightning rod for the Republican governor.

He enacted pension and health benefits reforms that the union bitterly opposed.

Christie has since revised teacher tenure laws, taking away lifetime tenure, and vocally supported merit pay and school vouchers, which the union staunchly opposes.

Keshishian once described the union's feud with Christie as a "war."

The NJEA has spent millions in ads to discredit the governor and his policies.

Steinhauer vowed that under his leadership, NJEA would continue to work to promote great public schools for every child in New Jersey. “No one cares more about education than the members of NJEA,” Steinhauer said in a press release.

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