About a dozen “chickens” have arrived at the Statehouse. With Chris Christie’s name on them. It’s a student protest
from the kids at from TCNJ college students on behalf of kids from Trenton Central High School because their Governor is too chicken to ride down the street and face them for a frank talk about their school.
They call it the Tasty Chicken Brigade.
Trenton Central High School has black mold, and some of its ceilings are falling down. The walls are crumbling. And when the roof leaks, which is often, it sets off the fire alarms. This is where the students go to school. Five days a week.
Barbara Buono has seen it; the stairwell students call “the waterfall,” the plywood that substitutes for solid flooring. And she’s called on the Governor to release SDA funds to take care of the situation. Numerous legislators – including Assembly members Reed Gusciora and Bonnie Watson Coleman and Sen. Shirley Turner – have tried to get Gov. Christie to come to the school and visit and talk to his constituents, the kids who go there and the educators who teach there.
Even the high school students have had to take to the streets to rally for their own health and well-being, saying they need to be their own advocates in the face of the state’s failure to help them.
But Christie is, essentially, ignoring all this, as he does his campaign bus victory laps talking to adoring Republicans about how great a job he says he did rebuilding after a hurricane.
Good for the students. My favorite sign is the “give a cluck” one, below the fold.