Video: Christie goes after tenure

posted at 12:15 pm on January 14, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Whatever else anyone thinks of Chris Christie, one cannot accuse him of backing away from a fight. In his effort to restore excellence to public education, Christie wants to eliminate tenure for teachers, proposing instead five-year contracts with performance reviews determining whether an instructor gets an offer of renewal. New Jersey cannot ensure quality instruction, Christie argues, when teachers get jobs “for life” after the first three years they spend with a school, and the only way to ensure excellence is to enforce accountability for performance:


The teachers union rep claims that teachers earn this lifetime protection with the first three years of their performance, but that’s ridiculous. In no other industry do workers lay claim to entitlement of employment by performing well only over the first three years. In fact, even with civil service protections, not even other public-sector workers get that kind of protection. Merely reducing the time for dismissal hearings involving tenured teachers won’t solve the problem, either, as the union suggests.

If teachers want to keep tenure at public schools, then those states should create voucher systems for parents to enforce accountability through their feet. One way or another, our children deserve effective and accountable education, and the vast majority of teachers who perform their jobs well deserve to have their own performance validated on its own rather than having to join the incompetent behind the skirts of tenure. Five-year contracts are more than sufficient to protect teachers while giving their employers a chance to evaluate whether continued employment is warranted.


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It is about time that this problem be tackled. It is long overdue.

ReneePA on January 14, 2011 at 12:17 PM

It appears that education and unions are the only thing he’s willing to go after though.

Health Care? Nope. Let the other states handle it.

GZ Mosque? No comment.

He’s a one-trick pony.

dforston on January 14, 2011 at 12:20 PM

F**k you Fat Boy!

After hearing you praise Obama Bin Laden for his brilliant speech (suck,suck,suck, pant, pant, pant) and then slam Sarah Palin for hers, the last frayed thread of respect I had for you snapped. Have a happy one term RINO!

cableguy615 on January 14, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Oh but he’s such a RINO, isn’t he folks?

/s

Red Cloud on January 14, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Words … he won’t do a damn thing. You watch.

HondaV65 on January 14, 2011 at 12:21 PM

cableguy615 on January 14, 2011 at 12:20 PM

It was a slam?

Hyperbole/hyperventilate much?

blatantblue on January 14, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Make unions illegal. The time has come.

GardenGnome on January 14, 2011 at 12:21 PM

If teachers want to keep tenure at public schools, then those states should create voucher systems for parents to enforce accountability through their feet.

This is a better solution than Christie’s, though Christie’s may be politically easier to implement. Christie’s solution is still a top down solution.

GIve the power to the parents and allow them to take their kids to another school via vouchers. This method holds business accountable, it will do the same for education.

WashJeff on January 14, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Oh but he’s such a RINO, isn’t he folks?

Red Cloud on January 14, 2011 at 12:20 PM

cableguy615 on January 14, 2011 at 12:22 PM

This is huge. If he can bust this out there will be a wave to other states.

I hope he doesn’t fail. I don’t care if he is kind of Rinoey on other stuff right now.

He gets my full support on this effort right here.

Geochelone on January 14, 2011 at 12:22 PM

dforston on January 14, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Why get involved with GZM?

He’s on an electorally thin, razor’s edge in NJ. He needs to stay on message, on target, and on task. Get a grip

blatantblue on January 14, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Christie FTW!!!!!

keepinitreal on January 14, 2011 at 12:22 PM

He’s a one-trick pony.

dforston on January 14, 2011 at 12:20 PM

THIS

davek70 on January 14, 2011 at 12:22 PM

It was a slam?

blue on January 14, 2011 at 12:21 PM

How was it not, Einstein ??

cableguy615 on January 14, 2011 at 12:23 PM

The only people that think Christie is a RINO are the morons who think Palin is a good presidential candidate. They’re afraid of Christie because he’s competition for Palin.

keepinitreal on January 14, 2011 at 12:24 PM

This is huge. If he can bust this out there will be a wave to other states.

Geochelone on January 14, 2011 at 12:22 PM

The problem is … he can’t do it. Oh … I’m sure he’ll talk about it and slam a few female teachers against a cinder-block wall and put the footage on YouTube to prove he’s a “tough guy” …

But in the end … he doesn’t have talent nor the power to do what he’s talking about.

Nothing to see here.

HondaV65 on January 14, 2011 at 12:25 PM

He’s on an electorally thin, razor’s edge in NJ. He needs to stay on message, on target, and on task. Get a grip

blatantblue on January 14, 2011 at 12:22 PM

I see, stay on the fence, don’t risk appearing extreme, reach out to other side, gotcha.

Why not give it a try it worked so well in the past !

/

cableguy615 on January 14, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Okay Mr. Smart politician, let’s get rid of tenure (fair dismissal) at the same time we get term limits. Stealing other’s money (taxes) and buying other’s votes with it,in perpetuity, is the worst possible kind of tenure.

Don L on January 14, 2011 at 12:25 PM

To take on this battle, he will have to fire striking teachers and hire new teachers. Seeing how parents react will be interesting. All too often parents argue for higher taxes on everyone to pay for the teachers they know and like. Sometimes they even volunteer to work with the union.

rhombus on January 14, 2011 at 12:25 PM

He’s a one-trick pony.

dforston on January 14, 2011 at 12:20 PM

I hope he’s a one trick pony. His mission is to clean up New Jersey. He was elected to office to do that, not to get involved in the goings on of downtown Manhattan. He has to play the game smart, because he doesn’t have a lot of wiggle room (no pun intended).

cableguy615 on January 14, 2011 at 12:23 PM

I would watch the interview with Christie again, clueless.

blatantblue on January 14, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Levin ripped Christie yesterday but Levin needs to support this TO THE MAX.

It takes huge balls to even try this. The governorator in CA failed miserably in a similar effort. All Arnold was trying to do was cuts budgets.

Union goons run CA; especially the CA teachers union. Thugs.

Geochelone on January 14, 2011 at 12:26 PM

He may very well be a one trick pony but this is a trick that I want to see. I also agree with the person who said that the parents should have school choice.

ReneePA on January 14, 2011 at 12:26 PM

The only people that think Christie is a RINO are the morons who think Palin is a good presidential candidate. They’re afraid of Christie because he’s competition for Palin.

keepinitreal on January 14, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Pure projection.

The fact is – the guy has stated on numerous occasions in very un-ambiguous language that he WILL NOT run for President. Can’t be “competition” for Palin if he’s not running.

Second – who said Palin is running?

Third – whoever wins the nomination will have to win some percentage of the Southern States.

And Christie won’t win a single one.

Sorry – he just won’t.

HondaV65 on January 14, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Wow, the horrible RINO Christie is doing more to advance a conservative agenda than all the various real conservative heroes.

But hey, it would be MUCH better if he would throw around a bunch of red meat on a dozen topics to distract from his main goal.

Clark1 on January 14, 2011 at 12:27 PM

keepinitschlemeal on January 14, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Christie is unelectable.

Wow. That was easy, I have no evidence of it, but just saying it makes me feel so much smarter and stuff…

cableguy615 on January 14, 2011 at 12:27 PM

cableguy615 on January 14, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Dude. Christie doesn’t have a huge margin in his victory. He needs to stick with what he came to do in New Jersey.

He is the executive of New Jersey, and that state is in SHAMBLES. It is one of the worst states of the union. We should want an executive there who is focused, and not concerned with throwing red meat to the vulgarians who want their rhetoric and want it now.

blatantblue on January 14, 2011 at 12:27 PM

blatantblue on January 14, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Really? Will you help guide me through it and explain what he meant since you are obviously his unofficial spokesmoron.

cableguy615 on January 14, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Exactly. He needs to deal with the problems in his own state. That is what he is getting paid to do. I wish him success.

ReneePA on January 14, 2011 at 12:29 PM

I don’t care if he is kind of Rinoey on other stuff right now.

He gets my full support on this effort right here.

Geochelone on January 14, 2011 at 12:22 PM

That.

Quisp on January 14, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Really? Will you help guide me through it and explain what he meant since you are obviously his unofficial spokesmoron.

cableguy615 on January 14, 2011 at 12:29 PM

You’re the one making the “slam” accusation in the first place, so you tell me, Guy.

blatantblue on January 14, 2011 at 12:29 PM

How about unions out of the schools all together?

Hening on January 14, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Education is where the Left creates its future dependents. If we can break free of Union Lefty Tyranny with our youths, we can create proper responsible citizens who will work for a living and improve themselves and their community.

Neo on January 14, 2011 at 12:30 PM

This is a war on many fronts, not just one or two. Christie has taken aim at a specific and very evil enemy and I, for one, support him fully.

The entire reason Obama was elected is because of a dumbed down electorate that was brought up in a school system that is fundamentally broken and anti-American at it’s core.

Destroying that is like throwing the ring into Mordor. Have at it, Christie. We’ll be fighting the orcs and trolls right over here.

bonnie_ on January 14, 2011 at 12:30 PM

What we really need to do is get rid of state sponsored education altogether.

ReneePA on January 14, 2011 at 12:31 PM

We should want an executive there who is focused, and not concerned with throwing red meat to the vulgarians who want their rhetoric and want it now.

blatantblue on January 14, 2011 at 12:27 PM

^^This. Christie is a “showman” first and foremost. As far as tangible results – much to be desired. He’ll talk about this and then, when he can’t do it, he’ll blame it on the teachers unions and then he’ll slam a female teacher against a cinder-block wall and put the footage on YouTube and call everything “good”.

I’ve seen this movie already.

HondaV65 on January 14, 2011 at 12:31 PM

keepinitschlemeal on January 14, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Christie is unelectable.

Wow. That was easy, I have no evidence of it, but just saying it makes me feel so much smarter and stuff…

gaybleguy615 on January 14, 2011 at 12:27 PM

A conservative who still managed to win in a blue state. And remains pretty popular. Yeah, you’re right. He’s seems really unelectable to me.

keepinitreal on January 14, 2011 at 12:31 PM

bonnie_ on January 14, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Ding ding ding ding ding!

blatantblue on January 14, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Go Christie. It is rediculous that these teachers get tenure after just 3 years. What incentive do they have to do well beginning year 4? Imagine NFL players getting tenure. The wole concept of tenure seems very counter productive to me. There must be a motivating force to keep these teachers at the top of their game, and tenure is a motivation killer just like welfare.

saiga on January 14, 2011 at 12:31 PM

The New Jersey supreme court has already barred him from making the cuts. The court has usurped the power (given to the governor in the NJ constitution) to decide what money is spent on education in New Jersey.

So it is a great sentiment, but he can’t do it. And if he knows it and is playing politics, well then, he can go fly a kite with the rest of the RINO’s.

csdeven on January 14, 2011 at 12:31 PM

cableguy615 on January 14, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Imagine 2012 or 2016, a town hall style debate. Palin and Christie are on the stage. Jake Tapper is asking tough questions. Both are required to think on their feet and articulate their positions in an unscripted fashion. That is a terrifying thought for a Palinista, I’m sure. Don’t worry though. I’m sure the big guy would show some chivalry and take it easy on the girl.

tommylotto on January 14, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Maybe President Palin will appoint tubby to be her education czar. He can travel from state to state and void the existing union contracts and tell the teachers they need to compete for their jobs. Of course this will be after she abolishes the DoE .

For the last thirty years, despite increased spending, our kids test scores have gone down while teachers and administrators benefits have gone up. I wonder where all the money goes ?

DeweyWins on January 14, 2011 at 12:32 PM

It will be very interesting to see if he gets results. He can definitely get in people’s faces and run his mouth but will he succeed in ending this tenure nonsense? We shall see.

ReneePA on January 14, 2011 at 12:33 PM

My sister-in-law is a teacher (FL) who would prefer to “join the incompetent behind the skirts of tenure”.

She doesn’t think she should be responsible for students who “just won’t learn” or whose parents don’t care.

VibrioCocci on January 14, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Clark1 on January 14, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Amen!

Knucklehead on January 14, 2011 at 12:33 PM

In return for this is he going to allow schools the power to remove students from the classroom and require their parents to find a private placement for them? That alone would solve a lot of public school issues, if we could pick and choose our students like private schools do. :)

Never happen!

Bob's Kid on January 14, 2011 at 12:34 PM

HondaV65 on January 14, 2011 at 12:25 PM

You are probably right. In CA the teachers union is so powerful they are an invincible force.

I can’t tell if Christie will meet with any success assuming that this is a genuine effort versus rhetoric. Who knows?

If he did succeed I would be thrilled.

Geochelone on January 14, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Third – whoever wins the nomination will have to win some percentage of the Southern States.

And Christie won’t win a single one.

Sorry – he just won’t.

HondaV65 on January 14, 2011 at 12:27 PM

This is the dumbest thing I’ve read in a while. Even McCain carried much of the south. So you really think that if Christie won the GOP nomination that the entire south would choose to vote for Obama instead? That’s mental.

keepinitreal on January 14, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Christie is unelectable.

Wow. That was easy, I have no evidence of it, but just saying it makes me feel so much smarter and stuff…

cableguy615 on January 14, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Actually there is some very strong evidence that he’s unelectable.

Like the fact that he supports gun control and is pretty squishy on life.

HondaV65 on January 14, 2011 at 12:34 PM

This is the dumbest thing I’ve read in a while. Even McCain carried much of the south. So you really think that if Christie won the GOP nomination that the entire south would choose to vote for Obama instead? That’s mental.

keepinitreal on January 14, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Yawn …

you don’t GET to run for President unless you win the GOP nomination – that requires winning some Southern States.

Back to you Ed …

HondaV65 on January 14, 2011 at 12:35 PM

People should not be forced to get an education if they don’t want one. Education is not a right. It is a privilege and kids and parents alike need to start treating it like one.

ReneePA on January 14, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Christie needs to go scripted, if he wants to succeed. He should try Palin’s approach.

Two can play at that, Chris.

Christien on January 14, 2011 at 12:36 PM

keepinitreal on January 14, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Actually – -5 to you sir for your reading comprehension. I said “whoever wins the nomination” … you seem to think Obama is running for the GOP nomination.

I don’t think he will actually. I’m predicting he’ll stick with the Democratic Party in 2012 but hey, strange things happen at sea no?

HondaV65 on January 14, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Yawn …

you don’t GET to run for President unless you win the GOP nomination – that requires winning some Southern States.

Back to you Ed …

HondaV65 on January 14, 2011 at 12:35 PM

If McCain can win in SC then certainly Christie can too. In reality, some one like Huckabee probably has the best chance to take the south in the primaries.

keepinitreal on January 14, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Way to go Christie!

cmsinaz on January 14, 2011 at 12:38 PM

The entire idea of tenure is an affront to common sense and children.

It surprises me that no one has effectively railed against this institutional corruption. Maybe Chris Christie is the guy.

IronDioPriest on January 14, 2011 at 12:38 PM

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0111/47620.html

The full court press to convince Palin not to run is on

ANYONE WHO OPPOSES the Progressive Axis of EVIL must be shut down.

Today Palin and Beck and Angle, tomorrow Malkin and Morrissey and………

Peril for America today.

PappyD61 on January 14, 2011 at 12:39 PM

K-12 is the Progressives’ trifecta, they get indoctrination of future voters, a secure jobs program with rich bennies for otherwise unemployables, and a source of political contributions from the greedy union. They will draw a line here and never give it up. This is table stakes for the Progs.

slickwillie2001 on January 14, 2011 at 12:40 PM

The teacher’s union is a formidable foe. Would be great if he can do it, but I’m betting on fail.

Extrafishy on January 14, 2011 at 12:42 PM

If McCain can win in SC then certainly Christie can too. In reality, some one like Huckabee probably has the best chance to take the south in the primaries.

keepinitreal on January 14, 2011 at 12:38 PM

So McCain is anti-gun?

Look – hey, what’s Chris Chistie’s military experience? Was he a heroic POW in ‘nam like McRage was?

You cannot compare Christie to McRage. First – Christie has some very decidely LIBERAL positions – like gun control.

And he has NO military experience to mitigate that.

I’m a Southerner – and McRage was able to win Southern States because he’s a war hero – not for any of his political positions … like amnesty.

Christie just doesn’t have that. Sorry he don’t.

HondaV65 on January 14, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Local school boards control hiring and firing. As long as that continues, teachers need protection from politicians who want to give their souses or friends jobs at the cost of a teacher who isn’t politically connected.

Politics in New Jersey is so bad, teachers need tenure of some sort. Believe me, I’m in Jersey, in politics, and have teachers in my family.

Vincenzo on January 14, 2011 at 12:42 PM

keepinitreal on January 14, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Also let’s bear in mind that McRage supported the Confederate flag and that helped him in SC. Let’s ask Chris Christie the same question shall we?

Uhm no – there is nothing about Christie that endears him to Southerners.

HondaV65 on January 14, 2011 at 12:44 PM

The gun control thing is a deal breaker when it comes to a presidential candidate getting my vote. Glad he’s just going to stick with NJ.

ReneePA on January 14, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Wow, the horrible RINO Christie is doing more to advance a conservative agenda than all the various real conservative heroes.

Clark1 on January 14, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Palin got the Death Panels thrown out of the healthcare bill before it became law, then got it tossed out when they tried to sneak it through via regulations. This affects me.

Chris Christie is tackling school unions, which is a conservative goal (as is shutting down Death Panels)… but doesn’t affect me. Why? Christie is doing this in New Jersey. I don’t live in New Jersey.

Palin is fighting the battle nationally. Christie is fighting it at the state level. Two completely different scopes… which undermines your argument.

dominigan on January 14, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Make unions illegal. The time has come.

GardenGnome on January 14, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Due to the first amendment, you cannot. What you can do, however, which may be what you meant, is to make public service unions illegal.

When you work for the government, you give up certain rights for the good of the country (just ask any member of the armed forces). Public service unions taking money from the taxpayer (through dues extracted from their members being paid from the government teat), then using that money to fight for higher wages (and pensions) and more power from the same said government teat, constitute a threat to the Republic in the long run.

Thus, in order to work for the government, with all of its protections and benefits, you should give up certain rights for the benefit of the Republic- in this case, the right to assemble with others for higher wages and benefits (the same way that military members cannot).

Another way to tackle this would simply be to switch to a private system- to remove the government from education entirely, which would actually be the better move.

Theophile on January 14, 2011 at 12:47 PM

We need conservatives fighting at every level. I like what Christie is doing in New Jersey and I hope that Palin runs for President.

ReneePA on January 14, 2011 at 12:47 PM

HondaV65 on January 14, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Scratch this post – appears McCain was “for” the Confederate flag before he was against it.

Too much “nuance” in McRage’s shifting positions for my tiny mind to keep up with. :P

HondaV65 on January 14, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Public employees labor unions are destructive to the ends of freedom. Don’t just end tenure, outlaw all public employees labor unions.

Make it illegal for Unions to spend one dime of dues money on politics.

The Rock on January 14, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Funny thing to see the Palinistas decrying the same thing they’d be swooning over if Palin was still governor and doing it in AK.

Good Lt on January 14, 2011 at 12:49 PM

PappyD61 on January 14, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Don’t worry. This will get no traction. People are supersaturated up to their eyeballs and most polls show that people see through the media distortion. Cynicism in regard to media reporting is widespread.

Geochelone on January 14, 2011 at 12:53 PM

Funny thing to see the Palinistas decrying the same thing they’d be swooning over if Palin was still governor and doing it in AK.

Good Lt on January 14, 2011 at 12:49 PM

No kidding. They must be afraid of something.

Knucklehead on January 14, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Is it too hard to support the guy in his effort? He may or may not be #1 on my list but he is trying to do something about tenure & teachers unions and hopefully his efforts will spread across the country.

So what’s the problem?

tommer74 on January 14, 2011 at 12:57 PM

The only people that think Christie is a RINO are the morons who think Palin is a good presidential candidate. They’re afraid of Christie because he’s competition for Palin.

keepinitreal on January 14, 2011 at 12:24 PM

I’m no fan of Palin but I think he’s a RINO. But he’s a RINO that is going after unions which makes him better than most RINOs.

angryed on January 14, 2011 at 12:57 PM

if we could pick and choose our students like private schools do. :)

Never happen!

Bob’s Kid on January 14, 2011 at 12:34 PM

What? I know there a rotten kids in school but they’re in all schools. However, some schools know how to deal with those kids. Vouchers would help all schools.

Vince on January 14, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Vincenzo on January 14, 2011 at 12:42 PM

The same could be said for private industry, politics and who you know make that world go around too. Tick the right guy/gal off and you’re in the mailroom for eternity. Why are teachers the only ones with this protection?

As for Mr. Christie, wish you the best of luck. I’m not optimistic but, it’s a good conversation to start at least.

ExPat on January 14, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Local school boards control hiring and firing. As long as that continues, teachers need protection from politicians who want to give their souses or friends jobs at the cost of a teacher who isn’t politically connected.

Politics in New Jersey is so bad, teachers need tenure of some sort. Believe me, I’m in Jersey, in politics, and have teachers in my family.

Vincenzo on January 14, 2011 at 12:42 PM

So we need to unions to funnel money to corrupt Democrats in order to save the union members from the corrupt Democrats. Dude, that makes zero sense.

angryed on January 14, 2011 at 12:59 PM

No kidding. They must be afraid of something.

Knucklehead on January 14, 2011 at 12:56 PM

They’re certainly reacting as if they’re afraid of him – now they’ve resorted to calling him “Fat Boy” in every Christie thread.

Good Lt on January 14, 2011 at 1:00 PM

One trick pony

Shambhala on January 14, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Go Christie!

cableguy615 wipe the spit off your monitor and settle down. Deep cleansing breaths. Go look at pictures of whatever REAL CONSERVATIVE (TM) you endorse and lower your blood pressure.

Dash on January 14, 2011 at 1:03 PM

One trick pony

Shambhala on January 14, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Fiscal conservatism and union busting are a pretty huge trick.

If it were Palin, you’d be cheering.

Good Lt on January 14, 2011 at 1:03 PM

I’m no fan of Palin but I think he’s a RINO. But he’s a RINO that is going after unions which makes him better than most RINOs.

angryed on January 14, 2011 at 12:57 PM

A RIP? (Republican In Progress)

Vince on January 14, 2011 at 1:05 PM

In no other industry do workers lay claim to entitlement of employment by performing well only over the first three years. In fact, even with civil service protections, not even other public-sector workers get that kind of protection.

My experience is that neither of these statements is always true.

burt on January 14, 2011 at 1:07 PM

Education is where the Left creates its future dependents. If we can break free of Union Lefty Tyranny with our youths, we can create proper responsible citizens who will work for a living and improve themselves and their community.

Neo on January 14, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Bingo. Which is why I support him 100%.

Who else is taking on the Unions like he does!?

Quit your whining about him.

Exactly. He needs to deal with the problems in his own state. That is what he is getting paid to do. I wish him success.

ReneePA on January 14, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Exactly. Romney worked on the problems in his own state. SO did Palin. So did Tim Pawlenty, and so on.

Each of them took a unique approach in solving thier state’s problem.

Throwing around the RINO label isn’t very helpful. It can be thrown at anyone you don’t like.

Conservative Samizdat on January 14, 2011 at 1:08 PM

A RIP? (Republican In Progress)

Vince on January 14, 2011 at 1:05 PM

LOL!

Thread winner!

Conservative Samizdat on January 14, 2011 at 1:09 PM

I’d like to see the fat boy take on the electric lineman, sanitation, or police unions… Then I might get impressed…

CCRWM on January 14, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Posts are a little frisky today. Taking one issue at a time, I’m with the Big Guy on this.

Mason on January 14, 2011 at 1:14 PM

They’re certainly reacting as if they’re afraid of him – now they’ve resorted to calling him “Fat Boy” in every Christie thread.

Good Lt on January 14, 2011 at 1:00 PM

And like clockwork…

I’d like to see the fat boy take on the electric lineman, sanitation, or police unions… Then I might get impressed…

CCRWM on January 14, 2011 at 1:12 PM

If it were Palin, you’d be cheering.

But you can only view fmr. Gov. Palin these days A) posting her take on issues of the day on Facebook, B) doing guest spots on Hannity, C) on TLC in her reality show or D) on her book tours.

Yeah. I’ll take an a**kicking union-busting still-in-office governor any day to a media personality.

Good Lt on January 14, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Blockquote FAIL!

They’re certainly reacting as if they’re afraid of him – now they’ve resorted to calling him “Fat Boy” in every Christie thread.

Good Lt on January 14, 2011 at 1:00 PM

And like clockwork…

I’d like to see the fat boy take on the electric lineman, sanitation, or police unions… Then I might get impressed…

CCRWM on January 14, 2011 at 1:12 PM

If it were Palin, you’d be cheering.

But you can only view fmr. Gov. Palin these days A) posting her take on issues of the day on Facebook, B) doing guest spots on Hannity, C) on TLC in her reality show or D) on her book tours.

Yeah. I’ll take an a**kicking union-busting still-in-office governor any day to a media personality.

Good Lt on January 14, 2011 at 1:19 PM

I’d like to see the fat boy take on the electric lineman, sanitation, or police unions… Then I might get impressed…

CCRWM on January 14, 2011 at 1:12 PM

And when Christie takes that on and succeeds, it will just be something else you’ll go after him about.

Nobody impresses you except Palin. We get it, quit trashing someone who’s at least trying and has a position to do it.

Knucklehead on January 14, 2011 at 1:21 PM

Yeah. I’ll take an a**kicking union-busting still-in-office governor any day to a media personality.

Good Lt on January 14, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Amen!

Palinbots are out in full force today.

Conservative Samizdat on January 14, 2011 at 1:26 PM

He’s a one-trick pony.

dforston on January 14, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Agreed.

Almost makes me wonder what type of grudge he holds against some teacher in his past.

While I agree with the changes he has proposed in regards to the education problems not only in New Jersey, but across this country, but it seems to be the only thing he knows how to get impassioned about.

Sort of strange.

ButterflyDragon on January 14, 2011 at 1:29 PM

It looks more to me like the Palin bashers are out today. I like people who focus and get things done.

ReneePA on January 14, 2011 at 1:33 PM

While I agree with the changes he has proposed in regards to the education problems not only in New Jersey, but across this country, but it seems to be the only thing he knows how to get impassioned about.

Sort of strange.

ButterflyDragon on January 14, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Busting up union monopolies that enslave our kids and brainwash them, as wella s entrench a political party in power, is a pretty big “thing,” and I’m glad he’s passionate about it.

That, and slashing and reigning in state spending, and sending the signal that business as usual is over.

But ignore all that, and all he is doing is, um, being fat or something. And Palin is really showing everyone the way.

Question: If you want to affect change in the system at an executive level in the government, do you follow what Christie is doing or what Palin is doing?

Good Lt on January 14, 2011 at 1:34 PM

A conservative who still managed to win in a blue state. And remains pretty popular. Yeah, you’re right. He’s seems really unelectable to me.
keepinitreal on January 14, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Because you say SO? He is NOT a conservative. What are his views on foreign policy? Life? Constitution? GZ Mosque?

In this case also ED’s prescription of voucher programs is better.

antisocial on January 14, 2011 at 1:34 PM

How was it not, Einstein ??

cableguy615 on January 14, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Einstein is Outraged.

antisocial on January 14, 2011 at 1:35 PM

It looks more to me like the Palin bashers are out today. I like people who focus and get things done.

ReneePA on January 14, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Yeah.

SHUT UP, FAT BOY!

Oh, wait.

That’s what Palin supporters have been reduced to in their “criticisms” of a real governor doing real heavy lifting, and not a media personality playing governor-via-Facebook/FOX.

Good Lt on January 14, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Theophile on January 14, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Right to Work States seem to be able to keep the pri*ks at bay.

BigWyo on January 14, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Christie is actually doing something. Didn’t NJ just move from above avg. unemployment to below avg. unemployment. He knows how to actually attack and solve a problem. Not by trying to do everything like the One and failing, but by intense focused effort.

Its always Palin, Palin, Palin. And + 1 for media personality. And an annoying one at that.

unrealcitizen on January 14, 2011 at 1:36 PM

In this case also ED’s prescription of voucher programs is better.

antisocial on January 14, 2011 at 1:34 PM

What’s Palin’s solution?

Good Lt on January 14, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Bullsh!t. I support both Palin and Christie in what they are doing.

ReneePA on January 14, 2011 at 1:37 PM

1) Unions (and businesses and individuals) should be barred from contributing to anyone that negotiates or supervises those that they do business with. (Teacher’s Union could contribute to a judge, but not a school board member. And the judge would recuse himself if he accepted a contribution and is hearing a case on a teacher or union or school board.)

2) Unions should be barred from spending any money on politics without a vote of the members.

3) Unions without fully funded pensions and other defined benefits for their members should be barred from any lobbying or political contributions.

barnone on January 14, 2011 at 1:37 PM

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