Founded and funded by two hedge-fund giants, the Better Education for Kids (B4K) organization and all its offshoots appeared at their creation to be a pro-reform counterweight to the New Jersey Education Association.
But while the NJEA is going all-out with multi-million-dollar campaign contributions and election ads this fall, B4K’s political arm has so far mostly stayed out of the 2013 gubernatorial and legislative elections, despite some big school-reform issues on the table and a reform favorite on the ballot in Gov. Chris Christie.
Better Education for New Jersey Kids Inc., the organization’s PAC, has yet to report any spending at all leading up to the Nov. 5 election, according to the state Election Law Enforcement Commission.
It’s a noticeable absence for a group that boasted it would be a political powerhouse when it was launched in 2011 with a $1 million media campaign. It then played a role in several key legislative races that year and again in the Jersey City mayoral race this year.
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