Of course Christie wants union dues to be used for teachers' pensions or health insurance: he's the one who led the charge to force us to pay more for both, while simultaneously avoiding full pension payments for seven years and doing jack squat to rein in heath care costs. He'd rather take these costs out of the hides of teachers than demand the state's millionaires pony up their fair share (not a surprise, considering millionaires are the ones who funded his campaign).
This is precisely why the NJEA bought advertisements. They couldn't rely on getting their message out through the press, because the press is populated by Christie suck-ups like Bob "Hoover" Ingle.
Think about it: can you name any members of the New Jersey press corps who suck up to the NJEA the way Hoover sucks up to the guv? I sure can't; the only pundit I can think of who challenges Christie's orthodoxy on education "reform" is Bob Braun, and he's hardly a champion of the teachers union the way Hoover is a champion of Chris Christie.
The problem, Hoover, is that the NJEA has to get its message to cut through a sea of pro-Christie and anti-union propaganda: like, for example, your columns and blog (Christie is responsible for the millionaires tax expiring, Bob - it's a fact). So, yes, I'm outraged that the NJEA has to spend this money, but I'm not angry at them; I'm angry at you.
If you were a real journalist and were willing to present the other side of the argument, they wouldn't have to buy airtime. And if every pundit followed this ethic - or, at the very least, we had a few pro-union voices in the corporate media - we'd have a real, balanced debate about all of this, and the union would get to have its say.
But that's not the world we live in, is it, Hoover? This blog post is proof positive of that. You actually wrote that teachers who support their union shouldn't be trusted with kids; and yet, somehow, you can't see that maybe the press has a bias against NJEA.
Too bad they can't find their own Bob Ingle to suck up to them...
The NJEA needs a pundit to suck up to them - just like I suck up to the best guv EVAH!