Dear Commons Community,
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, desperate to gain attention in the crowded 2016 GOP presidential field, said Sunday that the American Federation of Teachers deserves a “punch in the face” and called it the “single most destructive force in public education.” Christie said the union cares only about higher wages and benefits and not about children. As reported in The Washington Post:
“Christie, who has long made teachers unions a favorite foil, made the comments on CNN’s “State of the Union” in response to host Jake Tapper, who noted that Christie has said that he confronts bullies by punching them in the face. “At the national level, who deserves a punch in the face?” Tapper asked.
Without missing a beat, Christie said: “Oh the national teachers union, who has already endorsed Hillary Clinton 16, 17 months before the election.”
Christie was referring to the American Federation of Teachers, the second-largest teachers union, which became the first national labor union to make an endorsement in the 2016 race when it gave its backing to Clinton on July 11. The largest union, the National Education Association, has not yet made an endorsement.”
Christie has become a pathetic, laughable politician since the George Washington “bridge-gate” scandal. He should give his party a break and dropped out of the presidential race now.