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7 NJ school officials dismissed by governor

(FILE) New Jersey Gov. elect Chris Christie announces Thursday, Dec. 16, 2009, in Trenton, N.J., that he is appointing Kim Guadagno, right, who will be New Jersey's first lieutenant governor, to pull double duty in the new administration by also serving as secretary of state. (Mel Evans)

January 4, 2011 11:56:49 AM PST
Seven education chiefs for New Jersey counties have been dismissed.

Gov. Chris Christie decided not to retain them when their contracts expired Monday.

The dismissals were first reported by The Record of Woodland Park.

Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak said the seven county superintendents affected were holdovers from the previous administration who would be replaced by Christie appointees.

The positions pay $120,000 a year. County superintendents are assigned to see that state Education Department policies are carried out at the local level.

Superintendents in Burlington, Cape May, Hunterdon, Monmouth, Ocean and Somerset counties were dismissed, along with the Middlesex superintendent who also acting superintendent for Bergen County.

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