Christie, the NJEA, and the season of school reform approaching

TRENTON – It has been a fast few days of verbal attacks in a ramp-up to coming education reform.

Wednesday, Gov. Chris Christie called for the resignation of N.J. Education Association executive director Vince Giordano over the comment about poor student options: “Life’s not always fair and I’m sorry about that.”

Giordano returned fire Wednesday night by calling for Christie’s resignation. Today, at a press conference Christie said, no, he would not be resigning. “Life isn’t fair,” he said mocking Giordano. “I’m not going to resign.”

On the topic of teacher tenure reform, Christie said he likes a bill released this week by state Sen. Teresa Ruiz, (D-27), Newark.

“I have good feelings about the bill,” he said, calling it a “thoughtful and aggressive piece of legislation.” Even so, Christie said his administration will work with Ruiz to make the bill “a little bit better.” He did not specify what aspects of the bill he wanted to adjust.

Christie was also asked whether he thought his latest back-and-forth with the NJEA might have harmed his ability to work with them on reform. “I don’t think they were ever going to be in favor of this (teacher tenure reform),” he said. “I don’t think my skirmish (played any part in that).”

Christie, the NJEA, and the season of school reform approaching