This past week, pro-voucher forces in New Jersey bussed kids in from local Catholic schools to rally in support of a school voucher bill.
Chris Christie condemned that rally; he thinks it is wrong to take kids out of school for a protest:
"The schools did a lousy job in really permitting all these students to walk out in the middle of the school day. Their parents send them there not to protest. They send them there to learn. And I have no problem with students protesting. They have absolutely every right to exercise their first amendment rights. But they should exercise their first amendment rights either before school or right after school."Good for the governor! Children should never be used as political pawns...
Oops! Oh, is my face red! See, this is a quote from last year. He wasn't complaining about a pro-voucher rally where kids - many of whom did not know why they were there - were bussed in by adults. No, he was complaining about spontaneous high school student walk-outs in protest of his cutting nearly $1 billion from public education.
Gosh, sorry to get that wrong. But I'm sure the Governor will be as equally dismissive of this rally as he was of the student walk-outs last year. He'll be out with a condemnation of this right away.
Yep, any minute now...
ADDING: Over at Blue Jersey, I pointed out the reporters couldn't even agree on the number of people at this Astroturfed rally. In the comments, huntsu makes the excellent point that the kids at the rally don't need vouchers; they're already attending these schools. What, exactly, was the point of shipping them to Trenton, if only for show?
And if you don't believe this was professionally staged, scroll down to the comments on this piece at NJ Spotlight.