Sunday, November 29, 2015

Christie: NJEA is "awful"

So much for the governor's softer approach

Christie: NJEA is "awful"


He was nice while it lasted.

After a brief detour to Cuddly-ville, Chris Christie got back to bullying his favorite bogeyman: The New Jersey Education Association.

The NJEA “is one of the most reprehensible organizations in the state,” the governor told an NJ-101.5 radio audience Tuesday evening. “They’re just awful.”

The week has otherwise been marked by what my colleague Monica Yant Kinney called a seemingly “softer” approach to education reform on the part of the often-bombastic Christie.

The Big Guy utterly charmed a classroom of Cherry Hill first graders Tuesday morning as he and his acting education commissioner Chris Cerf promoted “common core” standards to improve student performance.

A father of four clearly at ease around kids, Christie got big laughs (mine included) for his deft handling of one boy’s improbable tale of battling a shark.

Turns out that wasn’t the only fish story of the day.

When it comes to the NJEA, the kinder, gentler governor remains ever ready to bare his teeth.

To read more from the metro columnists, go to

Inquirer Columnist
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy: comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog
Blinq is a news commentary blog featuring contributions from Inquirer Metro columnists Kevin Riordan and Daniel Rubin.

Kevin Riordan Inquirer Columnist
Daniel Rubin Inquirer Columnist
Also on
letter icon Newsletter