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Seton Hall University says that former Gov. Chris Christie’s announcement that he was forming a think tank centered on returning civility back to politics is premature.
“The full scope of the relationship between the two organizations remains under discussion, and we will share those details when they become final,” a spokesman for the college said in a statement today.
Christie told the Star-Ledger last week that he was launching — the story said he was “about to unveil” — The Christie Institute of Public Policy and said it would be affiliated with Seton Hall.
The former governor said the institute would be kicked off with a lecture by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Christie said his institute would be non-partisan and non-profit.
“The Institute envisions a relationship with Seton Hall Law that provides a place for civil and informed debate and discussion about political and world affairs,” Seton Hall’ statement said, noting that it would include scholarships and internships.
It is not immediately clear whether the Christie Institute will be a traditional public policy group with close ties to the academic side of the university, or rather just a lecture series.
Two sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity told the New Jersey Globe that Seton Hall was blindsided by Christie’s premature announcement.
“Unfortunately our politics have gotten so ugly and divisive in the country that people are not having civilized conversations,” the Star-Ledger quoted Christie as saying.
Christie attended Seton Hall Law School.