Gov. Chris Christie to nominate ex-N.Y. schools official for N.J. education commissioner
Published: Thursday, December 16, 2010, 9:48 PM
TRENTON — Christopher Cerf, a former New York City school official whose political savvy and record of education reform helped Mayor Michael Bloomberg win re-election last year, will be nominated as New Jersey’s next education commissioner, two people briefed on the appointment said tonight.
Gov. Chris Christie is expected to formally nominate Cerf, a 56-year-old Montclair resident, next week, according to the two people who asked not to be named because they are not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.
If confirmed by the state Senate, Cerf would take over a department that has been in turmoil since August, when former Commissioner Bret Schundler was fired after the state lost $400 million in federal education aid.
The nomination, which Christie’s office would not confirm last night, ends months of speculation