Awesome! Chris Christie tells of apology from President of Teachers Union

posted at 6:00 pm on November 20, 2010 by The Right Scoop

Remember when the head of the Bergen County Education Association put out an email praying for the death of Chris Christie? Well after that email was sent out, the President of the Teachers Union offered an official apology and called the Governor’s office to apologize. At that point Christie says that instead of taking the call, he decided to invite her to the Governor’s office for a face to face apology. And that’s when the awesomeness starts:

Now that is what I call backbone! Plain and simple. Please put that in a box and mail it to the Republicans in Congress, cause they’re gonna need it.

And to Chris Christie I quote Glenn Beck: “More, please.”


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TxAnn56 on November 20, 2010 at 7:06 PM

I don’t think people are responding to his politics, since many here are to the right of Cristie. They are responding to his obvious leadership capabilities. We may want a man like that who is further to the right, but we want a man like that.

DFCtomm on November 21, 2010 at 3:38 AM

Is Chris Christie the new Rudy Guiliani? both of them are pretty well known RINOs but are solidly conservative in at least one area (national security/education) and are from deeply blue states..

but the fact remains that Christie is going to be no more conservative than what he already is…. there fore he believes in “climate change” and its associated “solution”, cap and trade… he is pro-illegal immigration ( there is no other way to put it)

He is going to be very intriguing to watch… btw, he is funny as hell and has the EXACT right attitude that you need to have against thug unions.. if only he could have this attitude to the climate change alarmists and amnesty shills, this guy would be a sure shot winner in 2012

nagee76 on November 21, 2010 at 4:34 AM

Governor Awesome. Almost enough to make you move wanna move back to Jersey. Mm. Maybe.

curved space on November 21, 2010 at 6:58 AM

I don’t think people are responding to his politics, since many here are to the right of Cristie. They are responding to his obvious leadership capabilities. We may want a man like that who is further to the right, but we want a man like that.

DFCtomm on November 21, 2010 at 3:38 AM

I definitely agree on that point. But the more I’ve dug into his background, I’m finding that he’s a lot more liberal than what people perceive from the videos. It appears there lurks the heart of a true RINO underneath. No real conservative is on the side of Obamacare, cap n trade and amnesty.

TxAnn56 on November 21, 2010 at 7:18 AM

Please put that in a box and mail it to the Republicans in Congress, cause they’re gonna need it.

They should adopt as their motto: “We can’t afford it”.
That’s what they’ll need to say repeatedly, every time the Dems propose another give-away program.

The press will portray all their new spending proposals as “worthy” and Republicans as cruel for not adopting them. There’s only one way to respond: “We can’t afford it”. Where the media and Dems won’t get it, the people will.

jeanneb on November 21, 2010 at 7:28 AM

His chief of staff is a former Pfizer suit, huh? Kelo v. New London anyone?

As someone born and raised in New London (and currently lives less than 5 minutes away) I find what you posted… somewhat flawed.

It was the city of New London and their redevelopment agency that was wrecking homeowners property, not Pfizer.

Did you even take 5 minutes to look up Richard Bagger’s background?

He was a vice-president of public affairs at Pfizer.

Now I don’t know the guy from Adam, but I think you using a pretty wide brush there attacking Christie via some flunky who I doubt had anything to do with Kelo.

gdonovan on November 21, 2010 at 7:44 AM

More Christie porn!!! Yay!1!1!!!!!

Wait, but he’s a RINO!!1!!!!! BOOOO!111!1!!!!1!

So do we love him or hate him today — I’m all spun around.

stefanite on November 21, 2010 at 8:25 AM

Here comes the straight talk express, and those on the Left have no idea how to handle the ‘truth’.

The tactic is to use it at the right time. The right time is the moment they open their mouth and begin showing any level condensation toward you.

MSGTAS on November 21, 2010 at 8:33 AM

Having Mr.Bagger as his Chief of Staff should give Christie some conservative cred, you don’t think?

bayview on November 21, 2010 at 8:46 AM

if only he could have this attitude to the climate change alarmists

nagee76 on November 21, 2010 at 4:34 AM

I know he has said and done some things to make you feel that way, however, this should also be taken into account:

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/11/gov_christie_says_hes_skeptica.html

Gov. Christie says he’s skeptical that global warming is caused by humans

Asked by a man attending the event whether he thought mankind was responsible for global warming, Christie says he’s seen evidence on both sides of the argument but thinks it hasn’t been proven one way or another.

Christie says “more science” is needed to convince him.

And again, remember where he is saying these things. I’m sure most of the residents in my town passed out in their Priuses (Prii?)when they heard this.

Dash on November 21, 2010 at 8:55 AM

gdonovan on November 21, 2010 at 7:44 AM

Ye, I’m guilty of painting with a broad brush, but I’ve fought against our local redevelopment agency enough to know that the suits that get the goodies are far from innocent. They know exactly who to talk to, what to ask for, and how to get it, free market be damned. He was a PR geek? Then if he worked for Pfizer at the time he spun the story for public consumption.

The agency (city council) has the dirtier hands, no doubt, but these corporations are increasingly knowledgeable and, therefore, complicit in takings.

pugwriter on November 21, 2010 at 9:26 AM

He was a PR geek? Then if he worked for Pfizer at the time he spun the story for public consumption.

One would think as a “PR geek” *IF* he had anything to do with the New London project (the company is world wide ya know) then he would have offred the opinion it was a bad idea.

I live here, I can assure you the people running New London are dumber than stumps and tone deaf as hell.

Hence the reason I don’t own property in New London.

You didn’t even read up on this guy or Kelo before spewing did ya? This guy wasn’t a PR vice-prez till 2006, a full year after the Supreme court ruled in New Londons favor.

Weak tea brother, weak tea. If you are going to attack Christe you will have to do better than this.

gdonovan on November 21, 2010 at 9:47 AM

Auto or not, one still has to pull the trigger, genius. There is no way you can divine from the Second Amendment or state ratification arguments that automatic weapons, or ANY weapons would have been excluded by the Framers.
pugwriter on November 20, 2010 at 11:45 PM

Yeah right. Atomic bombs in every basement, howitzers in every garage. Now I hold a pretty strong view regarding the 2nd amendment — personally, I don’t have a problem with people being able to own automatic weapons, even heavy machine guns. I don’t accept the “ANY weapon” argument though.

And I have no problem with licensing for concealed carry either. Just as one can own as many automobiles or trucks as one wants, one still needs to be licensed to drive them on the public roads. So I think one should be able to own as many guns as one wants, but should be licensed to carry them off one’s own property. How that licensing should occur should be up to the individual state, just like drivers licensing.

SunSword on November 21, 2010 at 9:48 AM

nagee76 on November 21, 2010 at 4:34 AM

What screwed Giuliani was the fact that he was running for President of Florida, not President of the U.S. and the whole abortion issue… Due to the Supreme Court appointments, I think that while the Tea Party is fine with a truce on gay issues, I don’t think that they are willing to give up on Roe v. Wade.

Christie is at least nominally pro-life, so that takes that whole issue off the table. As for immigration, securing the border is important, but we aren’t going to start deporting all the day workers and migrant farmers in the country. I’m assuming that is where he was going with that issue.

Christie is great in that he appeals to the Tea Party crowd, but has a more moderate, Northeastern persona that appeals in swing states. You could see him playing well in Pennsylvania and the upper Midwest. Plus, he is a grown-up who is willing to tackle grown-up, politically risky issues like Social Security and Medicare reform.

Illinidiva on November 21, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Christie’s new redevelopment toy

pugwriter on November 21, 2010 at 9:58 AM

but the fact remains that Christie is going to be no more conservative than what he already is…. there fore he believes in “climate change” and its associated “solution”, cap and trade… he is pro-illegal immigration ( there is no other way to put it)

nagee76 on November 21, 2010 at 4:34 AM

Irrefutable

He is the dream RINO candidate.

If he converted to a new set of values on nationalized healthcare, a pathway to citizenship for illegal alien lawbreakers, cap-and trade which implies he believes global warming is real and requires industrialized nations of the West ramp down their industry and let the industrialized nations of the East have the business, because we are more guilty than they, who will trust him?

Trustworthiness will be the litmus test of the next election. I don’t expect Christie to morph. If he does not, he sides against the disenfranchised. If he morphs, he will not be trusted by the same group.

Unless the disenfranchised suddenly decide politicians can grow tails, they are not going to be happy with a politician with a tail. It will be another McCain election, and the disenfranchised will be fragmented, and disgruntled. That is very bad

Christie is better as Governor, where his state has no problem with carbon tax, and amnesty paths, and he can be himself

entagor on November 21, 2010 at 10:32 AM

… there fore [sic] he believes in “climate change” and its associated “solution”, cap and trade…

nagee76 on November 21, 2010 at 4:34 AM

Uhh . . . have you been reading the newspapers?

Just this past week, Governor Christie publicly expressed skepticism about the “proof” by global warming alarmists that human beings are responsible. He essentially said he wanted to see more reliable proof.

Asked about it at a town meeting, Christie said, “I’m skeptical. I’d be honest with you, I don’t know. And it’s probably one of the reasons why I became a lawyer and not a doctor, or an educator or a scientist. Because I can’t figure this stuff out. But I would say at this point, that has to be proven and I’m a little bit skeptical.”

He is now under political attack, including from a few scientists from Rutgers and Princeton, who issued a release essentially demanding that he “stay after school” so they can lecture him on the “truth” about climate change.

The whole Chicken Little set, including the usual newspaper suspects, are all up in arms as well.

Trochilus on November 21, 2010 at 12:11 PM

A really great analysis, with quotes and background information accompanied by a sound perspective, are in this post: CHRIS CHRISTIE: A SHEEP IN WOLF’S CLOTHING?

I think it behooves us all to stay grounded and somewhat detached BEFORE getting wee-wee’d up about any one candidate. We need to do some citizen-based research on all the potential contenders for 2012.

Mutnodjmet on November 21, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Oh, for a governor to tell someone in California off like that. If only.

Bob's Kid on November 21, 2010 at 1:06 PM

It’s not like Christie is like Sheckie Obama who is all a$$ and no hat. Christie’s humor is funnier because he backs it up with real competence and leadership.

David2.0 on November 21, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Obama used to have a pretty cool to be more what

GW_SS-Delta on November 21, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Obama used to have a pretty cool to be more what

GW_SS-Delta on November 21, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Exactly!

… what?

Dash on November 21, 2010 at 3:36 PM

I DIG that guy. Run Cristie Run!

ronsfi on November 21, 2010 at 4:05 PM

I like what Christie is saying…he is tapping into a sentiment that many people have.

However, Christie needs to start delivering on his promises to reform education. He needs to do less talking and more doing. So far the reform he has come up with is making teachers take a “test” before they can teach. That is just a stupid government solution that will do nothing to solve the education problem. Where is he on giving parents a choice? What about implementing a pay-for-performance plan? What about upgrading the technology in the classroom and better training for the teachers? What about holding those teachers accountable? His only concern should be to offer parents a choice and hold teachers accountable to the end result. Making teachers take a test is a waste of time and money.

He has a long, tough road ahead in reforming education, especially since he has decided to make teachers the enemy. He has to get them on board to his reform because they are the ones responsible for implementing that reform. Giving speeches about smacking down teachers and their union is only making that task more difficult.

I like what he’s saying. Now I would like to see him produce results. There is going to come a point here real soon where the shine is going to wear off and people are going to be looking for him to deliver. And no amount of You Tube videos arguing with teachers is going to matter. He’s been in office almost a year now…time to put up or shut up. He is becoming dangerously close to being the Republican version of Obama…all flair, little substance.

ramrants on November 21, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Even taking into account all the warnings about CC being a RINO…

Wouldn’t you like to see him debate Obama?

Johnny 100 Pesos on November 21, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Hey Governor, how about making a trip up to Newark Liberty Airport and visit with some of the passengers.

diogenes on November 21, 2010 at 4:46 PM

One of the biggest money drivers in education today is the “special education” classification system, including all the differing versions of ADD, etc.

This is an issue that Chris Christie will have to take on in order to get control of the spiraling costs of education that, in turn, drive up property taxes. It is an issue, as you can imagine, is fraught with deadly political pitfalls.

In some school districts it has become utterly out of control. One part of the problem is that many parents have become aware that there are real advantages to having your child classified, even in truly marginal and questionable circumstances. Part of the reason is because there is no longer any stigma attached to many classifications.

But there is a disincentive, too. In many instances classification actually gives a child a real and unfair leg up in competing with their peers for college placement and jobs.

This is no longer your “grandfather’s” Spec-Ed! This is big business. There are now a myriad of new classifications that require special instruction, and considerable administration, and monitoring expenses, all of which are borne by everyone paying the taxes, especially in the suburban schools. In the poorer districts, the state taxpayers pick up the tab.

For example, some rules allow certain classified students — again, including academic students — to be exempt from any possible “mark-down” on their work as a result of spelling errors, while the rest of their classmates remain subject to normal spelling error markdowns. Some students, as a result of certain classifications — again, including academic students — also receive extra time to take tests, including standardized tests, such as the SAT.

A classification might have been given to a very young student arising out of circumstances that they have long outgrown. But unless they go through a difficult process of seeking de-classification, the classifications follow those students throughout their school “career” and may have nothing to do with their abilities for most of those years. So there is an incentive on the part of many of the parents to resist trying to declassify, or even permitting the school to “de-classify” their child.

The extraordinary costs of special education to the overall system are truly primary drivers of the system today.

Here is just one example that should give you an idea of how out of hand the system has become.

A good friend who retired recently from the Mendham, NJ schools told me that in spite of the fact that the wealthy Morris County district was tied for the NUMBER ONE district in the entire state a few years ago — essentially tied with the Chatham, NJ district — that 25% of the students in the school district were classified for special education!

Think about that! One quarter of the students in the best school in the entire state of New Jersey had special education classifications!

How is that possible? Partially because years ago the Department of Education permitted outside experts (psychologists) who had been hired by the parents, to essentially “require” the districts to classify the children based on the ‘expert’s” evaluation. The number of classified students increased exponentially throughout the State, and the costs of education were driven upward.

It is a huge problem throughout New Jersey. To get any measure of fiscal control, the state is going to have to face up to it. And as you can imagine, all the entrenched interests will be fully resisting and quite willing to demagogue the issue to the bitter end.

Trochilus on November 21, 2010 at 6:21 PM

Chris Christie is someone I could get enthusiastic about sending to the white house.

Boxy_Brown on November 21, 2010 at 8:30 PM

Thanks oh so much for coming by.

Hilarious! You’re welcome to come back for more.

Christie delivers fiscal conservatism with as much “social conservatism” as everyone can appreciate — he won’t take abuse, won’t stand down in a fight, and will hold to the principle that you don’t issue, condone or allow to function anyone making death wishes on a fellow American law abiding political opponent.

It all comes ’round to Obama’ policy, labeling law abiding Americans who refuse dhimmi subjugation as his “enemy”.

maverick muse on November 22, 2010 at 7:45 AM

It would be so great to see this guy as a VP candidate with Colonel Allen West for President.

The Bamster & Bite-me would be cr*pping all the way to the debates.

Marybeth on November 22, 2010 at 9:09 AM

“Thanks oh so much for coming by.”

maverick muse on November 22, 2010 at 7:45 AM

For anyone who has ever met Chris Christie’s Chief of Staff, Rich Bagger, (a former State Senator and former Gen’l Counsel & Sr. VP of the pharmaceutical giant, Pfizer), this is an even funnier story — because it so obviously runs true to form!

As the Governor explained, Rich Bagger really is a very nice person . . . a gentleman’s gentleman, if you will.

I’m absolutely certain that Bagger did not mean the remark as a sort of, “watch the swingin’ doors on yer way out” kind of comment.

And, it is quite obvious from Christie’s relating of the story that the Governor clearly did not hear it that way either.

But, here’s betting it was at least initially taken that way by the recipient . . . at least until someone explained it to them! So they had to be steamed all the way home to Bergen County! Heh!

Priceless!

Trochilus on November 22, 2010 at 5:28 PM

I want to vote for the fat man. Please.

Over50 on November 22, 2010 at 8:19 PM

Chris Christie, stud of the universe.

lionheart on November 23, 2010 at 5:50 AM

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