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Christie Calls for NJEA Executive Director’s Resignation

2-8-12

After a town hall meeting in Westfield Wednesday morning, Gov. Chris Christie held a press conference where he blasted Executive Director Vincent Giordano of the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) for comments he made on NJTV Sunday. Giordano was discussing options for parents of children in failing school districts, saying that all parents have the opportunity to take their children out of those districts. When it was brought up that many in urban areas couldn’t afford other options, Giordano replied, “Life’s not always fair and I’m sorry about that.”

Christie said, “I cannot express how disgusted I am by that statement by the head of the largest teachers’ union in our state.” He added, “He [Giordano] should resign today.”

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Christie also said he was disheartened by the leaking of confidential questionnaires filled out by his Supreme Court nominees Bruce Harris and Philip Kwon to the press, which he called “despicable.”

He said having legislators talk to the press about nominees’ private and personal answers was unprecedented and that it “could be a crime.”

Related: NJEA Fires Back at Christie: “It’s Time to Set the Record Straight”