Friday, November 12, 2010
In the new New Jersey, it is unwise for local officials to feather their own beds with taxpayer money in violation of state policy. Why? Because Governor Awesome will specifically identify you and the stunt that you are trying to pull. To wit:
Now, the last time I put one of these up teachers from around the country construed it as teacher-bashing on Christie's part and, by extension, mine. While that may be true out of context, Christie has in fact gone to great lengths to distinguish dedicated teachers from the teachers union and the school administrations, which sustain each other in a sort of back-scratching feather-bedding symbiosis. First, the top-heavy administration is a useful dumping ground for tenured teachers who are burned out on teaching or who never ought to have been hired in the first place, but who can't be fired because of union rules. Second, it is politically impossible for a school superintendent to crack down on the unions if he himself is working the loopholes to avoid state rules.
Keep it coming, guv'na.
That was simply awesome.
In this case, it was wise to name the person. It sets an example and puts the last guy that has to approve this little maneuver on the spot.
I understand the school board, though, did approve the contract extension.
Me thinks that will have the result of unleashing Christie's full wrath.
I like most of what Christie is doing. And while he called out Seitz to everyone's glee, Christie did not call out the superintendent of Mendham. Mendham is where Christie lives. Seems odd, doesn't it?
There's a lot of these kinds of wrinkles with Christie. It doesn't absolve Seitz, but why not call out the other guy from your own home town?
Oh, apparently the Christie administration had already signed off on Sites' contract prior to this. Why would Christie need a diversion this week? Could it be to get people off of the ARC tunnel reimbursement the feds want?
Reporters Roundtable, look at the 23-minte mark