Friday, April 9, 2010

NJ teachers union “prays” for Gov. Chris Christie’s death


Bergen County Education Association president Joe Coppola closed a memo to union members with the following 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."  
Of course Mr. Coppola is saying it was just a joke. Riiiight, we all know that if Governor Christie had joked the same way about anyone in the teachers union no one on the left would be laughing.

NJEA (New Jersey Education Association) President Barbara Keshishian was quick to respond. 
"NJEA condemns the inappropriate 'prayer' contained in a letter sent by the NJEA Bergen County regional offices and our Bergen County affiliate. Language such as that has no place in civil discourse. It was intended as humor, but it is not funny. Our ongoing discussion with Gov. Christie is centered on serious issues of significant importance to the state, and that must be the focus of all our conversation. We deeply regret that the 'prayer' reference was included in the letter, and we apologize to Gov. Christie for both the content of the 'prayer' and the lack of respect it demonstrated. 
"I will be reaching out to Gov. Christie's office to apologize personally on behalf of all NJEA members."

Chris Christie’s response to the “prayer” and NJEA’s apology and his response isn’t all that forgiving: 
"I’m sure there are teachers all across New Jersey who, when they learn about this today are going to be ashamed," said Christie, at an appearance in New Brunswick.  "I wonder what the children of New Jersey will think when the leadership of the teachers union is praying for the governor to die?"
Christie said he was aware of Keshishian’s statement of apology. He said he didn’t view the joke as a threat, but rather a wish.
"They have finally lifted their veil," said the governor of the NJEA. "I don’t think this is a threat. I think it’s a wish. A wish in some ways might be more perverse than a threat."
As Christie goes about bringing NJ’s spending back to some resemblance of reality, expect the greedy public sector unions to get uglier and uglier. They simply refuse to let the gravy train end.

6 comments:

ozzie said...

It is awful to see what America is becoming. A lot of our lives were built around the hope of a prosperous future and now that may be taken away from us for the next 20 years and for others it would be the rest of their lives.

Unfortunately, this does not exclude the harm that continuing such recklessness in spending and special interest coddling would bring. It actually illustrates the ugly selfishness in many of us that there are those of us who would choose to saddle our kids/grandkids/people we will never even know with all of our debt and condemn them to a life of an America where things just are, and the past successes and greatness are only history (if it even remains in our kids' books).

It is ugly, but not for the superficial blabbering of the angry, but for their lack of love for others.

Samuel Gonzalez said...

Do you know what the real joke is? It's the false perception that Liberalsare really caring people.

THEY ARE NOT!

Their whole m.o. is nothing but deception at every turn. The real deal is they are cuthroats. The joke is on people who fall for their hustle and lies time after time.

But, I do like Chrisite's feisty response and not just taking the high road. He's really shown me something on this one.

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Clifton B said...

Ozzie:

It actually illustrates the ugly selfishness in many of us that there are those of us who would choose to saddle our kids/grandkids/people we will never even know with all of our debt and condemn them to a life of an America where things just are, and the past successes and greatness are only history (if it even remains in our kids' books).

A perfect point! This is actually the result of having a progressive income tax. Too many people do not have any skin in the game, therefore they feel nothing when they ask government for more, more, more.

Clifton B said...

Samuel:

Do you know what the real joke is? It's the false perception that Liberalsare really caring people.

THEY ARE NOT!


Absolutely! They hide behind a false veneer of compassion. Just hint at their policies as being evil and watch them explode!

Janelle said...

When I started working at 15, social security was grabbed out of my check, which was .90 cents an hour. I asked my father if I wouldn't be better off with a long term savings account. His reply was the government wants no part of citizens who take care of themselves. The money will be spent before you can collect it.

madmath1 said...

Talk about a joke so funny I forgot to laugh. I just wonder what would happen if that same joke was on a tea party website hoping Obama would die (yea, Biden would be president, but less of a nightmare none the less). I think they would be getting a break down from Secret Services.

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