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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 07:16 PM
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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Calls His State's Teachers Union 'Political Thugs'

By BRADLEY BLACKBURN
April 6, 2011

In an interview with ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer, Christie offered no apology for his often tough talk that has left some teachers feeling bruised. He also talked about the presidential possibilities of both himself and his "friend" Donald Trump, and criticism by Jersey rock icon Bruce Springsteen.

While sitting in the school library at Lincoln School in Kearney, N.J., Christie told Sawyer that it's essential for his state's education system to change and he blames the teachers union for the harsh cuts his administration is making, that includes layoffs and larger classrooms.

"I believe the teachers in New Jersey in the main are wonderful public servants that care deeply. But their union, their union are a group of political thugs," Christie said.

He said the New Jersey Education Association refused to negotiate on a salary freeze last year. "They should have taken the salary freeze. They didn't and now, you know, we had to lay teachers off."

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http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/jersey-governor-chris-ch...
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Angry Dragon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 07:21 PM
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1. The Pig Man speaks
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HockeyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 07:22 PM
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2. Like in Private Vouchers?
Where private K-12 schools cost as much as a college education? You going to give $25,000 vouchers PER CHILD? I don't think so. More throwing money at the RICH.

Dumb down, and eliminate the Middle Class. Ignorate, poor people don't have any recourse to complain. Why cannot the masses of this country understand this?

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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 07:23 PM
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3. He's cloning Rod Paige
Let's freeze Christie. :)
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Chorophyll Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 07:27 PM
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4. Translation:
"Teachers are freakin' lovely as long as they don't get together and ask for a living wage and health insurance." :eyes:

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Ramulux Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 07:41 PM
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5. Insanity
Someone needs to tell this retard that the people who make up the teachers union are teachers. You dont get to praise one and bash the other.
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MichiganVote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 08:34 PM
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6. Teachers in NJ and elsewhere know a liar when they see one
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