Some members of the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), the state’s largest teacher union, decided a good way to send a message to Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts was to defeat him in Round 1 of the PolitickeNJ.com Smartest Legislator Tournament. There was an organized effort by the teachers to vote for Joan Voss, the Assembly Education Committee Vice Chairwoman and a retired public school teacher.
After the second day of voting, Roberts led Voss in the voting. But by Monday morning, Voss had a huge lead, and it looked like the #1 seed Roberts might be facing an upset. But some readers, according to e-mails sent to this website, became upset that NJEA members were trying to use an online tournament to embarrass Roberts, and suddenly the Speaker’s vote totals began to surge. Still, Voss continued to receive votes — presumably from teachers – and maintained her lead.
How did Roberts win? Voss’ margin began to dwindle around 3PM, and by 4PM she essentially stopped adding to her vote total. Roberts votes kept coming in right up until the poll closed at 6PM, and the Speaker won 53.9%-46.1%.
Analysis: sorry to stereotype, but it seems the teachers stopped working at 3PM.