The Washington Times - January 14, 2014, 08:19AM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is awash in turmoil because members of his inner circle caused gridlock in a town near the George Washington Bridge and some Democrats didn’t like his cameo in post-Superstorm Sandy ads.

On Tuesday, he might add a new class of Garden Staters to his enemies list — schoolkids.


Mr. Christie, a Republican, is expected to call for longer school days and shorter vacations during his State of the State address in Trenton, the Newark Star-Ledger reported.

In speech excerpts obtained by the newspaper, the leading 2016 presidential contender for the GOP will say: “Our school calendar is antiquated both educationally and culturally. Life in 2014 demands something more for our students. It is time to lengthen both the school day and school year in New Jersey.”

Whether children could benefit from more instruction time is an active debate around the country.

In the nation’s capital, D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray in recent years has proposed pilot programs to extend the school day or year.

The existing framework is based on agrarian customs, he said, and there aren’t too many farms in the District.