Cherry Hill, NJ (CBS) — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie hit the road on Tuesday to tout his new education initiative.

Christie got a first hand look at a first grade class at Sharp Elementary School in Cherry Hill.

The visit was part of Christie’s promotion of his four building blocks for success education initiative which includes accountability, academics, innovation and talent.

The governor said one goal is to define what it means to be college and career ready.

“What we know is that it starts in that first grade classroom. If children fall behind in the first grade, second grade, they’re constantly trying to catch up after that. it not only affects how they score on tests on what their real aptitude is…the thing I get concerned about even more is that it affects their confidence.”

Christie said he wants to give schools the ability to innovate and to best address their school needs with less top down management from Trenton.

Reported by Suzanne Monaghan, KYW Newsradio.

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