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Hespe Keeps Low Profile During First Day Back on the Job as NJ Education Chief

Greeted outside his office with a marble sheetcake reading "Welcome Back, Dave," David Hespe yesterday returned to Trenton to serve as New Jersey's state education commissioner for a second time.

Hespe Keeps Low Profile During First Day Back on the Job as NJ Education Chief

Greeted outside his office with a marble sheetcake reading “Welcome Back, Dave,” David Hespe yesterday returned to Trenton to serve as New Jersey’s state education commissioner for a second time.

Appointed by Gov. Chris Christie to replace outgoing commissioner Chris Cerf, Hespe’s first day back on the job was described as relatively routine. He met with some top staff and caught up with a position that he served in more than a decade ago under former Gov. Christine Whitman.

Hespe did not give any interviews yesterday or make any public appearances, with his staff saying he would first focus on getting reacquainted with the job that he held for two years in Whitman’s second term.

Hespe, who also served as Cerf’s chief of staff from 2011-2012, comes back to state government after being president of Burlington County College for the past year.

Coming in to serve in Christie’s second term, Hespe will have little time to catch his breath as a host of looming -- and in some cases urgent -- decisions await him.

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