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John Mooney | July 22, 2019 | NJ Spotlight |


Nine years after former Gov. Chris Christie limited how much New Jersey superintendents could be paid, his successor ends the restriction

Nine years ago, almost to the day, then-Gov. Chris Christie turned New Jersey school administrative pay on its head when he announced a $175,000 cap on superintendent pay — a figure equal to his own salary.

On Friday, Gov. Phil Murphy — without fanfare — signed into law an end to the cap, an almost inevitable conclusion for a measure that had run its course but also left a lasting mark.

In both policy and politics, Christie’s unilateral move resonated in a state where the high end of superintendent pay was easily topping $200,000 in 2010. A recent state report highlighted the Keansburg superintendent getting a package of more than $500,000.

Pushback and court challenges were immediate, but that only added to the political theater of the then new governor’s bold cost-cutting agenda.

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