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Instant Classic: Christie on Cap 2.5 in South Jersey

June 24, 2010

If you like Christie Porn or Conservative Porn you are going to love the video below.

The above video is from Chris Christie’s Town Hall in Gibbstown, New Jersey.  Our Governor did not shy away from attacks from NJEA members.  If the NJEA is so sure they are supported by the public then they should support a public vote on CAP 2.5.  The NJEA needs to share in the people’s sacrifice and stop acting so selfishly.

Tell us what you think about our Governor.  Leave a comment!

Enjoy the video!  More to come.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Matthew permalink
    June 24, 2010 9:36 am

    Go Christie Go!!! This cycle must be broken.

  2. Cindy Rau-Hatton permalink
    June 24, 2010 10:34 am

    I was fortunate to attend the Town Hall meeting. I now have hope that we finally have a Governor who has the vision and determination to make the hard decisions that are needed to fix New Jersey.

    Governor Chrisitie is a “man for the people” and has the courage and passion to take on the “business as usual” politicians in Trenton. He will turn Trenton upside down!!

    Thank you Governor!!

  3. Pam permalink
    June 24, 2010 10:34 am

    I truly can not understand how anyone could argue against what Gov Christie is saying…… These are crazy times and things can not proceed as “normal”. One thing that Gov Christie should have added to his reply was that there are also people that have taken a pay CUT in order to keep their jobs while ALSO paying more for health benefits. I hope he continues to stand strong against the NJEA!

  4. Theresa Land-Fitzpatrick permalink
    June 24, 2010 11:05 am

    My family came from a long line of teachers on both sides of my family, including my mom. She knew when she went into teaching that she would not make much money, but she went into it for the love of teaching. It seems to me that some teachers are now going into it for the money and job stability along with the nice benefits and pensions. My father took a pay cut when he started working for the public sector in the 70’s, but he did so for job stability and benefits. Originally, public sector jobs paid less, but gave you stability and decent benefits. Now they make more than the private sector and have better benefits along with pensions that almost no companies are offering anymore. The system needs to change. People seem to forget that the average teacher salary is over $65,000 and that is only for 180 days plus whatever in-service days they have. They get extra money for extra curriculum activities or if they teach in the summer schools or camps. What other industry is there where you can make that kind of money for not working a full year? The real problem lies though with the adminstrative employees whose size and salaries are way outpaced. Like Christie said, the majority of us have gone without pay increases for years and now pay up to 50% of our premiums. We all need to make sacrifices. The teachers need to realize that unless you are in a public sector union, no-one is geting 3 to 5 percent pay increases. The administrators need to learn to do more with less. We need to cap the administrative salaries and the number of adminstrators per child ratio. That would go along way in helping reducing our property taxes. Afer all the majority of our taxes are for the schools. When you look at a budget, you look at the most expensive items first to see where you can save money. Property taxes will continue to soar as long as they don’t realize this. What will they do when the towns start filing for bankruptcy? It’s going to come to that if they don’t realize that they need to be part of the solution and not just part of the problem. We must work together to save our educational system and the ability for people to keep their homes and not be forced out of the state due to outrageous property taxes in addition to all the other taxes that the democrats have instituted. It’s killing our state and our towns. Action must be taken. If the teachers and especially the administrators would just listen to the people and help come up with a plan of action or share in our pain, it would go a long way to ending the exodus of NJ residents and businesses.

  5. Joan Wagner permalink
    June 24, 2010 11:16 am

    What a “breathe of Fresh Air” to finally have a Governor who is doing what he promised to do when elected. I consider myself very fortunate to have been in attendance at this Town Meeting to see Governor Christie in action. It was obvious that he is passionate about getting our State on the right track after years of “Soprano State” type tactics. We need more of him. Anyone who was there heard him answer not only favorable questions, but the not so favorable questions (i.e. NJEA comments). After having worked in the private sector for many years, I had an opportunity to work as a public employee for a short time. I found it very difficult to understand why the benefits (medical, dental, vacation, personal days, sick days, longevity, etc.) provided to public employees where still at no cost. Their complaints about low salary were more than offset by “free” benefits I had been paying toward my benefits since at least 1990. It was also not uncommon to have salaries frozen for 18-24 months during economic downturns. I agree with you Governor Christie, it is time we all share the pain. Thank you Governor for holding your position.

  6. June 24, 2010 9:31 pm

    My Great-Aunt taught for 50 years in Camden. Her pension was $300.00 month!
    I Agree with Gov. Christie on everything he is doing to get NJ back on the right path and to bring down property taxes!!!!!!!!

  7. LeedsDevil permalink
    June 25, 2010 6:36 am

    I LOVE OUR GOV.!

    What the teachers do not appreciate is that the “real world” is not reflected by what they think it is in their minds…

    1) They have tenure agreements…Real World: No guaranteed jobs…which means that an employer can chose to lay off a higher paid employee in favor of keeping a lower paid one to help the bottom line…

    2) They have yearly pay raises of between 4-5%…Real World: Most jobs have raises of between 2-3% tied to performance reviews (many done by supervisors who are mindful of company budgets who aren’t above adjusting those numbers to save the company money…I KNOW I’VE SEEN IT DONE), or are asked to take pay freezes in times of economic hardship for the company…so there will be jobs there for them.

    3) They have great benefits…that included full payment for their families as well, with low deductibles…Real World: We pay 25-50% of the premiums just for ourselves…and more if we want our spouses/children on our policies. Our deductibles are higher just to see our PCP, and go higher for specialists.

    4) They have pensions, the funding of which are a “ponzi scheme” bankrupting the State (and, what % goes to the “surviving spouse?”)…Real World: We pay into our own 401k’s, 403b’s and get about 4% of what we put in as “matching” by our employer…if we are lucky. If there are “pensions” supplied by an employer, they are miniscule and will disappear upon the death of the retiree.

    5) They have been mandated to instruct children for 180 days. Yes I’m aware that they have to prepare lessons, grade papers…etc. As well as take classes and attend “teacher days” and see parents routinely throughout the year. But extrapolate time that out past the 180 days and I’m quite positive that they get more time off then…Real World: 2-4 weeks vacation, 10-15 sick days, 6-9 paid holidays.

    SO…keep holding our children hostage to your Union demands. Kill the goose… Maybe the Governor should start looking at giving “credits” to parents who would prefer having their children attend “private” schools and taking away that portion from the public school & grade where those children would have attended…after all, it would decrease your class burden…

    Should I go on? Yes, you unions have had you pay dues so they could get you a Nirvana…but case an eye on them… While your “public funded pensions/benefits” are becoming unsustainable…are theirs fully funded? Hummm…who are THEY really working for?

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