WOODBRIDGE – Gov. Chris Christie took the bulk of his time here in this sprawling Middlesex suburb to talk about education reform, and single out underperforming teachers as a reason why the state needs merit pay.
“We have only fired 17 teachers in the last ten years,” Christie said. “Are you telling me there are only 17 incompetent teachers over the last ten years?”
“We have disbarred many more lawyers and taken the medical licenses of scores more doctors,” the governor said. “But we’re not going anywhere near the bad apple teachers.
“Stop subsidizing failure,” he added to rising applause and moments later, he capped the point.
“If you’re expecting me to be nice about it, you hired the wrong guy, we’ve been playing nice for too long,” Christie said. “Sometimes it means breaking some china in the process.”