BORDENTOWN - Gov. Chris Christie held a news conference on education Monday.

It seemed as if the governor was channeling his inner child, telling some of his critics to lighten up. The governor even had mood music in mind as he began to quote the Partridge Family.

There are many who worry the governor's broad attempts to overhaul public schools and the ways they're funded could do more harm than good, but acting commissioner Chris Cerf says high per-student costs in failing districts prove otherwise. The upcoming budget proposed by Christie includes a $200 million increase in public school funding.

The governor also refused to back away from a controversy started last week when he called a former Navy SEAL an idiot at one of his town halls. The governor says while he respects the man's service to our country, it doesn't give him the right to come home, interrupt him and act like a jerk.