On the day the NJEA released a televsion advertisement savaging him, Gov. Chris Christie and Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3), South Jersey Democratic Leader George E. Norcross III has called a press conference in Cinnaminson.
“At a time when we most need to build consensus to improve education, the NJEA is selfishly trying to sabotage those efforts,” Norcross said. “Instead of spending a million dollars to intimidate and threaten people, they should spend it on working on ideas to provide families in New Jersey’s urban centers the quality education they deserve. Rather than obsessing about their own pay and status, the NJEA should be trying to do something about the countless sub-standard schools from Newark to Camden that are failing under its watch.”
In the ads, the NJEA accuses Sweeney of using proposed pension and health benefits reform to hurt taxpayers and help Norcross’ insurance business.
U.S. Rep. Robert E. Andrews (D-1); former New Jersey Governor James J. Florio; Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker; Reverend Joseph A. Galante, Bishop of the Diocese of Camden; Rev. Reginald T. Jackson, Executive Director, Black Ministers Council of New Jersey; Msgr. Michael Doyle, Pastor, Sacred Heart R.C. Church, Diocese of Camden and others are scheduled to join Norcross prior to the 7th Annual Chabad Founders Dinner at Merion Caterers.
The event is scheduled for 5:45 p.m.