The teacher known as StoptheFreezeNJ said he was driven into anonymity after starting a Facebook group criticizing Christie. While the governor himself has never publicly insulted teachers, many of his admirers do so freely on the Internet. [emphasis mine]Oh, really?
“I love the public schools but the fact of the matter is there is excess and greed there,” said Christie, during an appearance on CNBC’s Squawk Box.Or how about:
The state teachers union said--they had a rally in Trenton against me. 35,000 people came from the teachers. You know what that rally was? The "me first" rally. "Pay me my raise first. Pay me my free health benefits first. Pay me my pension first. And everybody else in New Jersey, get to the back of the line." Well, you know what? I'm not going to sit by and allow that to go unnoticed, so we'll shine a bright light on it, and we'll see how the people react. But I think we are seeing how the people of New Jersey are reacting, and that's how you make it politically palatable in other states in the country. Just shine a bright light on greed and self-interest. (emphasis mine)Or my personal favorite:
"Scaring students in the classroom, scaring parents with the notes home in the bookbags, and the mandatory 'Project Democracy Homework' asking your parents about what they're going to do in the school board election, and reporting back to your teachers union representatives, using the students like drug mules to carry information back to the classroom, is reprehensible." (emphasis mine)I think any fair reading is that Christie, in each of these cases, was insulting teachers and not union officials. He's certainly not talking about Barbara Keshishian's pension in the second example. The "reporting" in the third is to union officials, not by union officials.
I will not let this guy off easily for this. He's insulted teachers, not just teachers unions. It's indisputable.