A teachers union in New Jersey issued a memo that hinted at the death of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
The Record of Bergen County obtained the Bergen County Education Association memo that includes a closing prayer:
“Dear Lord this year you have taken away my favorite actor, Patrick Swayze, my favorite actress, Farrah Fawcett, my favorite singer, Michael Jackson, and my favorite salesman, Billy Mays. I just wanted to let you know that Chris Christie is my favorite governor.”
Association president Joe Coppola says the “prayer” was a joke and was never meant to be made public.
Those wacky teachers! Wow, they SLAY me! The “joke” was shared with 17,000 union members. These are the people teaching our kids. Sad.
Didn’t we just have the media up in arms over calls to congressmen and women over the health care vote? Someone wake up Ann Curry, who was apoplectic over targets on a map.
The union apologized for the memo…AFTER it went public, of course.
Outside of failed joke-telling 101, there is another important lesson here: nobody, not even New Jersey, the state with the highest taxes, can appease Big Education and give them everything they demand. If you ever needed a perfect example that we can’t tax our way out of this mess, look at New Jersey. Even they can’t give public education and the teachers unions everything they want and if you can’t tax something there, you can’t tax it anywhere (with apologies to Fred Ebb).
Tax-happy New Jersey cut university funding $173M. New Jersey is also getting wage freezes from school districts. The cuts, by the way, started with Gov Christie’s Dem predecessor Gov. Corzine. It’s the economy, stupid.
One would think this would give the media reason to question their “Republicans are anti-education” mantra. However with public school teachers editorializing at two newspapers and the blog remnant of another listening to a Democrat activist spokeswoman at the so-called “non partisan coalition” Arizona Education Network and taking to the airwaves on a weekly roundtable discussion from a televsion station at a public university, don’t hold your breath.
Written by Ro Chambeau