TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is crossing the Hudson River for his next education commissioner.

A state official briefed on the pick says the governor will nominate former New York City deputy schools chancellor Christopher Cerf.

The official, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, asked not to be named because the person is not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.

Christie’s office and Cerf declined comment.

The Education Department has been led by an acting commissioner since Christie fired Bret Schundler in August after the state lost $400 million in federal education aid.

Cerf closed 90 failing schools during his tenure in New York and boosted the city’s charter school options.

The story was first reported by The Star-Ledger of Newark and The Wall Street Journal.

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