Tapper then asked Christie, ” At the national level, who deserves punch in the face?”
This is not the first insult Christie has attracted attention and scorn for verbally clashing with educators and labeling union leaders “political thugs”. Union members charged in their ultimately unsuccessful lawsuit that the governor broke state law by not making those payments, in exchange for the unions’ agreement to increase members’ contributions towards their retirement benefits.
The exchange between Christie and Tapper also highlights the New Jersey governor’s reputation as a “bully” – one that has endeared him to the rough-and-tumble demeanor of Jersey voters, but also made him a lightning rod in the Republican Party nationwide.
New Jersey governor called teachers’ union “the single most destructive force in public education in America”
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Christie claims that the reason he feels so strongly about this is because he believes the union is only out to increase the benefits of the teachers. “Going to the house saying ‘I have got this search warrant, I’ll be back in 24 days?’ Even the dumbest criminal in New Jersey would get the evidence out of there and the Iranians are not dumb”.
That Trump is polling so well in New Jersey is perhaps more of a reflection on the real estate mogul than on Christie.
“They’re not for education for our children”.
“I’m an old prosecutor”, said Christie, a former U.S. attorney.
The same year, Christie approved of an innovative contract for teachers in Newark, the state’s largest school district, that paid teachers in part for their performance – something he had pushed for and teachers unions generally oppose.
Regardless of how they feel personally about Christie’s ability to lead, more than half of the poll respondents said they think Christie’s “best chance of winning the Republican nomination for president” has come and gone.
NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer said in a statement that Christie should resign as governor, chiding him: “He is a awful role model to the children that our members work so hard to protect, nurture and educate”. Women make up more than 80 percent of elementary and middle school teachers.