EDISON - Hundreds of millions of dollars are on the way to help New Jersey schools.

The money is part of a massive jobs bill that the U.S. House of Representatives sent to President Barack Obama for approval yesterday.

Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) says he will apply for the money laid out in the bill to put laid-off school employees back to work. Although Christie has criticized former Gov. Jon Corzine for using federal stimulus money to balance the budget, Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak said yesterday that the Republican will apply for it in order to keep control of the money.

New Jersey would still be eligible for the money even if the governor chose not to apply for it, but the U.S. Department of Education would then be in charge of handing out the funds.

Sen. Frank Lautenberg?s (D-N.J.) office says the bill will save more than 3,000 education jobs in the Garden State.