Joe Coppola New Jersey Teacher Union Head Prays for Chris Christie’s Demise

A New Jersey teacher walked out on a conversation with New Jersey governor, Chris Christie…or the Governor “showed her the door.” What’s the truth? No one seems to know. A New Jersey teacher, Joe Coppola, who is the head of the Bergen County Teachers Union, circulated this pithy memo:

Chris Christie

Dear Lord this year you have taken away my favorite actor, Patrick Swayze, my favorite actress, Farrah Fawcett, my favorite singer, Michael Jackson, and my favorite salesman, Billy Mays. I just wanted to let you know that Chris Christie is my favorite governor.”

The story goes that Barbara Keshishian, the president of a state teacher’s union, asked to rendevouz with Christie to offer an apology on behalf of Coppola, and was apparently asked to fire him. She refused. A spokesman said Keshishian does not have the authority to fire Coppola.

Governor Christie is not viewed in a favorable light by New Jersey School districts which will be seeing some cuts to their budgets because his predecessor, John Corzine, left the state in a deplorable financial mess. Teachers have been asked to embrace a one-year wage freeze to avoid necessary layoffs. Hmmmm. Teachers are having none of that nonsense:

More than 100 districts have achieved some type of salary freeze when administrators and staff are included. However, only a fraction of those include teachers, according to the governor’s office.

The source for this story, The Trentonian, has some interesting comments.