New Jersey governor Chris Christie met with about 150 citizens in a church gym to discuss his tax and budget cuts. One of his cuts he had asked that teachers forego their annual pay increase and pay an additional 1.5% of their annual salary towards their benefits. When the teachers union, National Education Association (NEA) said “NO” Christie was forced to impose cuts.
“Your union said that is the greatest assault on public education in the history of the state," Christie said. "That’s why the union has no credibility, stupid statements like that."
Teacher Rita Wilson, a Kearny resident, argued that if she were paid $3 an hour for the 30 children in her class, she’d be earning $83,000, and she makes nothing near that. Christie told her that her benefits added up to quite a bit to which Wilson, who has a master’s degree, said she was not being compensated for her education and experience, Christie said:
"Well, you know then that you don’t have to do it." The audience cheered and applauded.
If all political leaders had the backbone and intestinal fortitude that Christie is showing, we wouldn’t be in the mess we are in. This country would be thriving beyond all imagination. Politicians are in the game to make the money, plain and simple.
Anybody that believes otherwise deserves to be fleeced.
When we go to the polls in August and November, remember these people are like teenagers, you can let them take the car but you still have to tell them to take the garbage out or clean their rooms. People we elect need to be reminded of why we put them there on a constant basis. It doesn’t take much; a quick email questioning them on an upcoming vote. This gets their attention.