Poll: Is Teacher Right? Is Christie 'Scary'?

Woman tells governor that she was almost too scared to ask a question due to his tone.

Are you scared? One teacher told Gov. Chris Christie on Monday that she is. And it is the governor she is scared of.

According to a report by the Gannett Statehouse Bureau, a woman who did not share her name told Christie at a townhall meeting that “I’m a teacher on maternity leave, and I was scared to death to talk to you." When asked by Christie why that was, she answered it's because he scares her.

Do you agree? It's been well documented the back-and-forth between Christie and the NJEA. Christie has been quoted and videotaped shouting at and down teachers and other New Jersey residents at other town hall meetings. 

However, Christie has noted that the teachers union has come after him hard, spending millions in advertisements attacking him. In the report, Christie says he'd like for both parties to be more civil.

We want to know what you think? Does the tone the governor take at town hall meetings and elsewhere scare you? Or do you think it has its place? Vote in our poll, and tell us why you voted that way in the comments.

Editor's Note: This poll appears on multiple Patch sites in Morris, Somerset and Sussex counties. The comments you see may not be by residents of your specific town.

Maurice Marvi April 20, 2012 at 07:43 PM
HG, Thats what I said: "Where does the NJEA get the money from? Hmmm. (The same place the teachers get their out of pocket supplies from.)" Yes, you want to be a teacher in a public school you will be paying dues to the NJEA. You want the pay scale negotiated, you will be paying dues to the NJEA, You want the benefits negotiated:you will be paying dues to the NJEA. If you want to be a teacher without paying NJEA dues, try a Private school. Negotiate your own pay, benefits, etcetera, or even better, try Wisconsin. If you don't like the leaders, get active. They came from somewhere. By the way, back to the Original question. I'm a father and a husband. It takes more than Chris Christie to scare me.
Maurice Marvi April 20, 2012 at 07:48 PM
The job of any union is the best interest of it's dues paying members. The one thing about teachers unions is that teachers, generally (there are always a few bad actors in any profession) have the best interests of their students in mind. By looking after the teachers, the union is looking after our students
HG April 20, 2012 at 09:46 PM
I have to pay some union in order to work in my profession? Sounds great for the union leaders. Doesn't sound so great for everyone else. I shouldn't have to "get active" to control what happens to my money. It shouldn't be taken from me in the first place.
Bob Boyle April 20, 2012 at 10:46 PM
While I agree with Maurice that a strong majority of teachers are dedicated, hard working individuals who do have the best interests of their students in mind, I do not belleive that is a function of whether they belong to a union or not. Rather, I see it as a function of the individual teacher and that is not something that comes from the union. In fact, I believe there was a quote from the head of the teachers union a couple of years ago to the effect that the only objective of the teachers union is to get the highest pay and benefits they can for thier union members which is consistent with the comment that the job of any union is the best interest of its dues paying members. I think the role of the unions with respect to the best interests of the students is further illustrated by the issues in New York City when the City wanted to keep the best teachers regardless of how long they worked while the union was only interested in laying off the most recently hired teachers (last in - first out). The dust up in New York over teacher ratings is another example of the union looking out for its members regardless of the impact on students. While there is some room for concern over fairness to the teachers in the matter of rating, the union is none-the-less only concerned with protecting the teachers, which is their job. Looking after our students primarily comes from the efforts of individual teachers and not the union.
Katrina April 21, 2012 at 12:06 PM
@Bob Boyle: Well said.


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