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Marie Corfield – Next Stop, Oprah?

Unless you have been living on Mars the past week, as a Blue Jersey reader by now you know of Flemington, NJ teacher Marie Hughes Corfield, who acquiited herself and did all NJ public servants proud on The Ed Show (friendly territory) Monday, and Fox & Friends (enemy territory) Saturday.

Now, since Oprah Winfrey has involved herself in NJ's public affairs, the obvious next talk show appearance for Marie should be the Oprah Winfrey Show.

How about an email campaign to the Oprah Show's producers, urging them to air the NJ teachers' side of the story? 

CLICK HERE to contact the show.

Here is what I wrote:

 

Now that Oprah Winfrey has injected herself into NJ politics and NJ public education (the two are inextricably linked) by giving a forum to Governor Chris Christie, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, on her show, she ought to give voice to the teachers themselves. Marie Hughes Corfield, the Flemington, NJ teacher who was famously smacked down by a belligerent Christie at a town hall meeting, has been making appearances on talk shows to defend her profession and debunk Christie's notion that the fiscal woes of NJ are directly attributable to public servants. Please have Ms. Corfield on your show to give her the opportunity to present her side of the story.
Thank you.

 

Feel free to plagiarize, or write your own pitch as you see fit. 

But please, do it!

The Ed Show: Marie Corfield & Adam Green on Christie

Ed Schultz caught up with the continuing questions about how he governs following his decision to spend go on vacation in Florida during last week’s blizzard, while he knew LG Kim Guadagno was unavailable on vacation in Mexico with her ailing father. That it’s national news now, international even, owes to the fact Christie’s head-banging, short-tempered, pugilistic rise was chronicled around the world. His slip from grace, if that’s what this is, is every bit as compelling. Try not to watch a train wreck.

One of the most damning pieces of information over the last couple days was Sen. Steve Sweeney, who Christie owes big, revealing he didn’t hear from Christie at all during the blizzard. After Christie said they talked. That’s reason enough to compel NJ Democratic legislators to launch an investigation of what really happened over those days Christie was away, says PCCC founder Adam Green in the video below. PCCC is Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which hosted a Where’s Christie? website this week.

Watching Christie’s finely-honed, brute-force message discipline frag all over the place since the snow, also merits a second look at some of the incidents, well stage-managed for Christie’s “YouTube Moments Team”, where the govenor’s bluster dominated. One of the earliest, best known of these was Christie’s confrontational conversation with Flemington teacher Marie Corfield at a Christie “Town Hall” in Hunterdon in September. Corfield was also on Ed’s show, reminding him that for governors, the needs of the many should outweigh the needs of the few.

Schultz didn’t ask Marie some of the questions I think she’d have wanted him to ask; much of what Ed wanted to know was about Christie’s personality. But we’re glad for the coverage from him of this; he’s right that this side of Christie deserves national scrutiny. The Ed Show:

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