"Obviously, Jim has been directing education policy since I took office," explained Christie. "I figured that I may as well make it official. Anything to get the press to stop listening to Bret Schundler - and I don't have any more tunnels to shut down."
"It's about time!' proclaimed Gearhart. "I've only been able to do limited damage behind my microphone to the teaching profession; now I'll really be able to wreak havoc. Hey, Chris, two sugars, lots of milk - right now, big man, let's go!"
"Absolutely, Mr. Gearhart, right away!" said Christie. "But before I go, just a quick word about your salary. In a show of solidarity with the New Jersey taxpayer, Jim has agreed to accept a salary equal to that of the median teacher salary in NJ: $57, 467. His pay will increase 1.58% a year, until I get the merit pay system in place; after that, it may not increase at all.
"Oh, Jim, I almost forgot: you've got to shave 7% off of the top right away for pensions and health insurance, and I'll be cutting that even more: if my plan goes through, you'll lose at least another 7% off of that. But, hey, those 'gold-plated benefits' are great, right?"
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