Click here the full story in Thursday's paper about the strangest town hall of the year.
SPOTSWOOD — A 12-year-old tells Gov. Christie he was unfairly busted at school for bullying because the “Jewish community” “controls” the school board. A woman who says she’s a victim of a conspiracy asks the governor for a job.
And a retired teacher, who says she was a former teacher-of-the-year, advises the governor not to change the tenure system because otherwise teachers will have to have sex with their bosses to keep their jobs.
To which Christie responded, straight-faced: “I don’t want teachers to have to sleep with the principal.”
After a town hall meeting earlier this month, in which a man accused the Christie camp of planting favorable questions, Wednesday’s 24th town hall of the year at a rundown Knights of Columbus headquarters in a sleepy borough in Middlesex County seemed to indicate otherwise.
Questions at Christie's town halls are generally more obsequious than bizarre - and the governor himself acknowledged as much at the end of the appearance.
“This was one of the most unusual town hall meetings I’ve ever had,” Christie said. “The press who comes to all these things, they start to get bored because I often get a lot of the same questions. I do not want to hear from you [reporters] standing in the back that you were bored today.”
Christie picked a 12-year-old boy from Springfield, Union County, who read a long prepared statement relating how he got in trouble for bullying at school when, in fact, two boys named Mike and Joshua were involved.
The boy then told Christie that he was punished because he’s Hindu and Joshua is “from the Jewish community that controls the township of Springfield and its school board.”
Christie didn’t address the Jewish remark — and considering the length and confusing nature of the boy’s speech, it is possible he didn’t hear it.
I verified the remark because the boy’s father — who videotaped the gubernatorial encounter — provided copies of the speech to the audience before being escorted outside by Christie’s staff.
But the governor did offer a lesson in diversity: “We’ve always been a place that’s prided ourselves on the fact that everyone can come to this state and succeed and practice their faith in any way they see fit.”
Or, for that matter, say anything they see fit.