FAIR LAWN - Gov. Chris Christie told residents in a Bergen County town that they're getting "shafted every year" by the state's school funding system. He says that’s why he is pushing to change it.

Christie held a public forum Thursday at the Fair Lawn Senior Center to continue promoting his "Fairness Formula." He says the changes could lower the town's average property tax bill by $2,223.

Christie wants to provide property tax relief by scrapping a state formula that goes back to a 1985 state Supreme Court ruling that requires a "thorough and efficient" education for 31 mostly urban, poorer school districts.

Democrats who control the Legislature have criticized the plan as "unconstitutional" and "radical."  Christie says he hopes the current state Supreme Court would agree with the changes.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.