Christie Pushes for Tenure Reform, Merit Pay

Christie: Tenure system 'is the essence of anti-competition'

Gov. Chris Christie (R., N.J.) spoke out against teachers salaries being based on tenure and instead called for merit pay in an interview Wednesday.

"The most important factor, beside family, to successful education, is the teacher in front of the classroom. More than anything else is what is the training, experience, and effectiveness of that person standing in front of the classroom?" Christie told CNBC's  John Harwood.

"….There are ineffective teachers all across this country who are protected by a tenure system that is the essence of anti-competitiveness," he chided.

Christie added, "We should have merit pay across this country and they [teachers] should get paid more if they’re good. And we shouldn’t have a system that allows bad teachers to be guaranteed a job for life."