Tag Archive: Quote

QoTD: $1 dollar for 40 schools

Quote of the Day is from Bill Holland of New Jersey Working Families’ Bill Holland:

In his budget address Governor Christie touted an aid increase to over 370 public schools. But if you think a governor who has been relentlessly hostile to public education suddenly turned a new leaf, we’ve got some bad news for you:

Seventy of those schools received less than $1,000. Forty of them received just $1.

The quote is from an email today to supporters around the state. Since 2010 when he took control of New Jersey, public education has been slashed $3.6 billion. And if the budget passes as is, Holland reports Christie will have underfunded our schools by $5 billion since he took office.

That’s bigger class sizes, the loss of music and language classes for some kids. Or sports teams. Increased fees parents have had to pay to bus the kids to school or for extracurriculars. And everybody’s felt it in property taxes.

Gov. Christie’s tightly-controlled, but frequently misleading, self-promotional PR campaign – coming soon to a “Town Hall” near you – would have you believe he’s some kind of education governor, increasing aid to local schools. It’s not in his game plan to tell you how much he slashed before he pumped a little back in. That’s how you can tell it’s an election year. Do something about it.

Quote of the Day: “Town Hall” Intimidation Edition

Quote of the Day comes from a woman who came to Chris Christie’s “Town Hall” this morning in Kearny, with her two kids and a dog. The kids and the dog waited outside, with the cookies Christie’s staff brought along. Lady asking the question said she was a 2nd grade teacher on maternity leave, and she wanted to implore Christie –  who has called teachers “thugs” and their students “drug mules” – to find a way to work with NJEA, her union. But this is how she started her moment with the microphone:

“I’m scared to death to talk to you.”

The post just below this one – Christie’s real rules of the road show by interested observer – details some of the ways in which Gov. Christie uses intimidation to control what is said to him in the “Town Halls”. They’re advertised as a public forum, but say something he doesn’t like and you leave yourself open to his ridicule or outright name-calling. And just like the right-wing radio hosts he increasingly sounds like, sometimes he just turns off the microphone of the constituent talking to him, while his own voice continues booming.

All this teacher wanted to do, apparently, is urge the governor to find a way to work with teachers and their union a little better: “I’m a teacher who loves her job and I love my kids. I just wish our dialogue could become a dialogue, an open an honest exchange that doesn’t resort to name-calling and fear.”

But a corollary to interested observers account of Christie’s road show rules is that Christie always justifies his own poor behavior (hmm, seeing patterns?). And true to type, Christie today shifted blame off himself and back to the teachers union, claiming his invective against teachers is just a defensive posture against NJEA TV ads, to keep himself from being “crushed”. As if.

Well. The first teacher Christie tried to make a Town Hall example of didn’t shirk away quietly. She ran for Assembly, nearly won, and is running again.

Don’t be scared of the big man. There’s a lot of hot air in the mighty wind.  

QoTD: Judge Noel Hillman Edition

Quote of the Day is from U.S. District Court Judge Noel Hillman, who has put off for now the decision whether Carl Lewis will be put on the ballot for Senate in LD-8, but late Friday denied an attempt by Carl Lewis’ lawyer to question LG Kim Guadagno about how she arrived at her decision to throw Lewis off the ballot. The Lewis team has long suspected Guadagno, in her dual role as LG and Secretary of State was unfairly swayed.

Here’s what Hillman said, to the suggestion that Guadagno, whose boss is perhaps the most political governor in the nation, might be acting as a Republican:

Any allegation that the governor, as powerful as he may be under our state constitution, would improperly control, influence or dictate the result of the process is to me blatantly false.

I’m not an expert on New Jersey residency requirements, or on the strength of Mr. Lewis’ candidacy. But I do know a sadly ridiculous statement when I see one.  

QoTW: Frank Lautenberg

Quote of the Weekend is from NJ’s senior senator, and the US Senate’s eldest. He is also one of the Senate’s wealthiest, fro a payroll services company that is now an industry leader. From New York Times coverage of Saturday’s US Senate vote on extending the Bush-era tax cuts:

Lautenberg said he would benefit personally from a tax cut on income above $1 million. But –

I had a good business career, and I would be entitled to a tax cut for those over the million-dollar mark. But I don’t want it. I don’t need it. What I am looking at today, I think, is a great American travesty.

Sweeney: “I’m a Reagan Democrat”

Interesting discussion going on here in Comments. – promoted by Rosi

This is a Reagan Democratic district, and I’m a Reagan Democrat.

                                     – Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester)

Yep, the Democratic leader of the State Senate actually said he was a Republican.  How so?  Because there are no Reagan Democrats left.  That term went out of style about a decade ago.  They’re now called Republicans.  Except, perhaps, for Steve  Sweeney.

This explains a lot.  It explains why Sweeney is constantly enabling Chris Christie.  And it explains his anti-state worker stance.  As a “Reagan Democrat,” he must have cheered when Reagan busted the air traffic controllers union.  And he must have cheered on other Reagan policies, such as tax cuts for the wealthy, deregulation, and the deindustrialization of America.

That this Republican is actually the leader of the Democrats in the senate is all you know to know about the pathetic state of the Democratic party in Trenton.  Hopefully, after redistricting occurs, the third district will be represented by a Republican with a R next to his or her name.  Rather than a Republican with a D next to his name.

Quote of the Day

Bob Haelig:

Haelig, who has been around the block, who first ran for public office in 1965, says the Republican machine in Ocean County “makes the Democratic machine in Hudson County look like Sunny Brook Farm by comparison.”

Of course, it’s true – but it begs the question of why the ever-vigilant Chris Christie hasn’t seemed to stumble across any wrong-doers in that county…