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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-05-09 11:22 PM
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Once powerful teachers union faces tough times with Christie
Once powerful teachers union faces tough times with Christie

By Josh Margolin/Statehouse Bureau
December 05, 2009, 8:30PM

It was August 2008 and the New Jersey Education Association, the powerful teachers union, was at the zenith of its influence.

The unions then-president was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, hobnobbing with the countrys political elite: senators, business leaders, would-be cabinet members. At the same time, Gov. Jon Corzine publicly defended the union and his close ties to it after agreeing without telling lawmakers to a controversial NJEA-favored pension maneuver.
Today, after two decades at the top of New Jerseys political establishment, the world has turned upside down for the NJEA.

Corzine lost the election to Republican Chris Christie, who waged a public battle against the NJEA and other public-sector labor unions during the campaign. He says his mandate to bring a new era to Trenton will include a clampdown on the teachers union and education agenda that may advocate changes the NJEA will not welcome,
So the 200,000 member union now finds itself in the unusual position of trying to make nice to someone it was tearing apart only a month ago.

Shortly after the election, NJEA president Barbara Keshishian, who has never met Christie, said the union contacted his office to offer congratulations and set up a meeting.
None has been scheduled.

"The NJEA and groups like it had a very good run for the better part of a decade or more," said Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth), who chaired Christies campaign. "Its going to change."
"The jurys out," he said, "as to whether theyre the second-biggest loser (behind Corzine), but theres at least a tie and theyre in the running," said former Republican state chairman Tom Wilson, who advised the Christie campaign. "After this last election, they shouldnt expect to have the door of the governors office open to them."

Keshishian said the union "looks forward to sharing our thoughts" with the new governor. "We certainly care about the future of public education and we believe Governor-elect Christie cares about that also," she said.

Christies feelings toward the NJEA are no secret. He attacked the union during campaign debates and stump speeches and refused to ask for its coveted endorsement.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2009/12/once_powerful_...
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PM Martin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-05-09 11:32 PM
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1. And who is going to teach the children?
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-05-09 11:33 PM
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2. Not the governor
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-05-09 11:38 PM
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3. Yeah . . . but think how much the taxpayers will save re "Education" . . .
:sarcasm:


I have to visit the NJ forum here --

Either we have one hell of a lot of right wing trickery going on in this state

or NJ voters are numbskulls!! Can't believe that, however . . .


Feels to me like all the road work that Corzine put in place is now being abandoned!!!

And much of it was very much needed.

Raritan Bridge much still unpaved -- and I think dangerous --

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Gman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 08:58 AM
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4. I want to believe this is a one time thing for the GOP
didn't NJ just have like the largest number of federal indictments for corruption ever? NJ has also been hammered in the last couple of years over corruption charges and indictments. Once Christie acts like a Republican, he'll be out on his ass while strengthening the Democratic Party at the same time.

What Christie will very soon find out is that in NJ the unions have the power to make his life absolutely miserable. And they will do it.
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