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NJ Gov. Christie Tells Complaining Teacher: "Unlike The Fed, The State Of New Jersey Can't Print Money" (WATCH)

Editor's Note - Reposting this story from earlier this year as part of several recent stories involving NJ Governor Chris Christie.


Video:  Governor Christie explains economics to Rita Wilson -- May 26, 2010

Great clip.  Runs 2 minutes.  The teacher in question, Rita Wilson, makes $86,000 per year with 4 months of paid vacation.


From Cubachi

As if there is nothing more to love about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, he held a townhall in Rutherford discussing his 33-bills “tool kit” that will bring a cap on property taxes and other taxes, as well as cutting spending and regulations to spur economic growth to the state.

One teacher in the town hall Rita Wilson, an English teacher from Kearny, complained about paying one-and-a-half percent of her paycheck to pay for her benefits. The woman is crying while other people either get another job or pay much more out of their checks for their health benefits.

Governor Christie did not want any of her complaining. He told her if she didn’t like the pay freeze and paying one-and-a-half percent of her check to pay for her benefits, she can leave her job.

“I’m not a rabble-rouser. I’m a simple English teacher,” whose students perform well, Wilson said. “I work really hard.”

Wilson said she used the babysitter example to make a point as Christie has pressured teachers to take a one-year wage freeze and contribute at least 1.5 percent of their salary toward health benefits. She and Christie then testily talked over each other for several questions and answers.

“You know what, you don’t have to do it,” Christie said.

“Teachers do it because they love it,” Wilson told him.

The governor said in a time of “economic crisis,” teachers and their main union — the powerful New Jersey Education Association — should be willing to take the freeze.



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Jun 1, 2010 at 11:46 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
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Jun 1, 2010 at 11:59 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
As a parent of elementary school aged children, there is an even sadder by-product here.

As is easily seen, the teachers are so far from reality it isn't worth commenting. But, the students are having to face cuts in services from administrations run by, you guessed it, teachers. Why is it that hundred million dollar budgets are run by people with little or no experience with finance?

There is no fiscal control or restraint, until it is time to get more money for the teachers. Then, all of a sudden, important educational services are cut back, until the "people" give in to a tax hike. Coincidence?
Jun 2, 2010 at 7:01 AM | Unregistered CommenterOberon4life
I wish that lady had my job for a month .Who pays my benefits ME Who pays my health ins ME
Who pays for my school ME Oh and the couple hundred thousand i spent for tools .There are jobs i would
love to do but you cant pay bills with love.Well maybe in some kind of porn work.LOL
Nobody likes debt but they dont want it payed by off by them.mmmm
Jun 2, 2010 at 1:25 PM | Unregistered CommenterJTS
Why is it that hundred million dollar budgets are run by people with little or no experience with finance?


Ah,,,the joys of the public sector...
Jun 2, 2010 at 3:20 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Teachers on the bottom will always suffer like the rest of us low life, so the garbage cans on top live like a king. I can sleep at night, can they...?
Aug 3, 2010 at 5:57 PM | Unregistered Commentertexasdar
Because it's not what you know, it's who you know. In the case of Monica Lewinsky...It's not what you know, it's who you blow.
Aug 3, 2010 at 6:26 PM | Unregistered CommenterZ
But Z, Hillery asked C if she has had sex yeat with her Bou, and shen said Mom, Not Acorrding to Dad, I Havent..........!

Ya gotta luv Ol Billy Boy ?
Aug 3, 2010 at 9:45 PM | Unregistered Commentertexasdar
Actually, under the Constitution states can issue their own currency in the form of a sovereign scrip, like the early colonists did to avoid the crippling interest levied by the Bank of England.

Itheca New York is the longest working example in the states today.
Dec 22, 2010 at 2:26 PM | Unregistered CommenterTom Dennen
Jct: Sure the state can, just have all towns print and spend bus tickets
http://johnturmel.com/busbucks.htm details my campaign to pay the
unemployed and youth with bus rides.
Dec 22, 2010 at 10:55 PM | Unregistered CommenterKingofthePaupers

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