TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) today announced his first steps in improving New Jersey's higher education system.

Christie said part of his overhaul will include the creation of two advisory panels and that education will be the first area to see an increase in funding when the state's economy turns around. The governor also discussed the results of a study by the Higher Education Task Force, a group charged with improving higher education and making it more affordable.

The report addresses dozens of ways the state can improve the quality of higher education, but many of those will cost money. The head of the task force, former Gov. Tom Kean (R-N.J.) says over the past decade, New Jersey has cut its higher education budget more than any other state.

Recommendations of the Governor's Task Force on Higher Education