PATERSON - An education debate took over Gov. Chris Christie's town hall event today in Paterson.

After 20 minutes of remarks that inspired little reaction, Christie was nearly halfway through his question and answer portion when the issue turned to education and the city's struggling public schools that are now under state control.

Attendees demanded answers to Paterson's lack of a proper educational system for the poor. Both Christie and the audience agreed that the state needs to look at why New Jersey has the best system of education in America for the rich and the opposite for the less fortunate.

Other topics discussed at the meeting included increased state aid to Paterson and the creation of a program to help new parents prepare for life with children.