Monday, April 12, 2010

Apology NOT accepted: Christie wants author of “prayer” memo fired

Last week I told you about a NJ teacher’s union head that wrote a prayer in a memo to staffers that called for the death of Chris Christie. 
"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." 
The author of the memo, Joe Coppola head of the Bergen County teacher’s union, and NJEA president Barbara Keshishian had both apologized for the memo. Keshishian meet with Christie personally, only to be rebuffed. 
Associated Press:[…] Christie spokesman Mike Drewniak said the governor wants Bergen County teachers union head Joe Coppola fired for his "irresponsible" memo. The memo from the Bergen County Education Association to its locals included a closing prayer that read:
"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."
Coppola and New Jersey Education Association President Barbara Keshishian have apologized for the memo. Coppola has said the "prayer" was a joke and was never meant to be made public.
Keshishian left her first face-to-face meeting with the governor after 15 minutes Monday afternoon when she refused to fire Coppola.
"Barbara does not have the authority to fire him," New Jersey Education Association spokesman Steve Bakersaid. "She doesn't intend to ask for his resignation. He has made an apology to the governor; it is a sincere apology. She considers that to be the end of that issue."
Drewniak said Keshishian walked out on the governor. Baker said Keshishian left when the governor showed her the door. […] 
I like Chris Christie more and more. Regular readers will know how I have complained about these bogus apologies many, many times before.  We all know no one really means them and the only reason people give the apologies in the first place is because the get caught on the wrong side of public opinion. I hope Christie gets this guy canned; it will be one less bottom feeder sucking off the public trough.

Unions are already losing support of some Democrats in the NJ legislature and just a quick read through the comments section, you can see why.

Via: Drudge


Just a conservative girl said...

I heard some not very postive things about Christie before the election. I met a whole bunch of people from NJ at the tea parties here in DC. None really liked him, but I will tell you from afar I think he is a good guy and we more like him.

Foxmuldar Blog said...

I fully agree. Coppola should be fired. He's not a child thats allowed to say things and then be forgiven. He's a grown man in a position of authority. Imagine what the media would be saying now if a conservative in a similiar position would have said the same things about Obama. All hell would have been put upon that person for saying it. No apology would ever be taken seriously by the liberal press.

Chris Christie gets my vote for higher office if he happens to want to move up to the White House in the future.

spc said...

This guy continues to bring the awesomeness. Clifton, what's the zip code in Jersey for this guy's stones?

Rick67 said...

I must respectfully disagree with Christie on this. Yes get NJ budget and spending under control. Yes this includes what he is doing with schools and public employees. But *demanding* someone be *fired* even for something so inappropriate? Conservatives are the true liberals in the classical sense. Statists are the one who would punish someone for what they say no matter how inappropriate. He should show his strength by letting it go.

Kelsey said...

Okay, I gotta admit, I laughed.

spc said...


What I think he's saying (the message he is sending) is that, "I'm not here to play games, I'm not backing down". Other politicians would have accepted and played nice for the cameras. Christie is saying smurf the cameras, I'm not here to play nice, I'm here to fix this mess! IMO-

Clifton B said...


I was one of those NJ people who wasn't feeling Christie before the election. Today, I am happily eating my words. Go Christie!

Clifton B said...


Yes, I too am done with faux apologies. When ever happen to standing by your words?

Christie said he wants to be a one termer, so you may get him in a higher office yet.

Clifton B said...


Christie is a big boy, he may need several zip codes for the stones! LOL

Clifton B said...


I have to disagree. I see the incident as free speech in action.

Coppola exercised his free speech rights and made his stupid joke. The First Amendment guarantees that. However what the First Amendment doesn't guarantee is a receptive audience. In this case, Christie was quite unreceptive to the joke. In turn Christie exercised his free speech rights and asked for Coppola to be fired.

What this tells us is that with each right comes responsibility. Mr. Coppola did not employ responsibility with his little prayer.

Clifton B said...


I did too!

Bastiat Fan said...

I think Ozzie's right.. it's all about sending a message that he's not screwing around. Good for him!

Anonymous said...

There was a blog comment rolling around about a letter from McCain to John Hinkley who was to be released from jail. It noted he had shot Reagen to gain the attention of a starlet with whom he had a fascination. The letter went on to mention that Obama was banging her like a screen door in a hurricane. I thought it was funny, but of course the candidate hadn't written such a letter. Sounds like it's OK to write such a trashy letter if you're a teacher's pet unionist.

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