PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – During a national education forum in Washington yesterday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie took the state teachers union to task for blocking reforms he seeks to make.

The governor’s claims during a meeting at George Washington University may have been new to the ears of the national media, but not around here. He suggested the New Jersey Education Association leadership wants to do nothing but maintain the status quo.

“When you want to have differentiation of pay based upon achievement and accomplishment in teacher practice and student achievement, there is one group of people that stands in the way of that.”

The union, as you might guess, disagrees.

“The Governor is trying to suggest that we’re not in favor of reform. We are, but we’re in favor of smart reform,” NJEA spokesman Steve Wollmer said.

And he says Christie is willing to talk about changes with anyone but the teacher’s union.

Reported by David Madden, KYW Newsradio