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Chris Christie Screams At Another Teacher On Election Eve

Governor Christie Screams At Melissa Tomlinson

Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey has made a name for himself screaming at constituents – from “jerk” to “idiot” to “numbnuts.” He has also, while in re-election mode, tried to tone it down somewhat in hopes of appealing to a broader base of voters. But yesterday was an apparent slip as Governor Christie told a public school teacher that “I Am Tired Of You People!”

The woman he screamed at, Melissa Tomlinson, is a public school teacher who asked Christie why he denigrated public education.

I went to listen to him speak. I stood in the front of the crowd that was standing towards the back. I know he caught sight of me. He stared at me a few times during his speech. I left right as his speech was over to position myself right at the door of the bus. He came out, shaking everyone’s hands as he was getting on the bus. I asked him my question, expecting him to ignore me but he suddenly turned and went off.

I asked him: “Why do you portray our schools as failure factories?” His reply: “Because they are!”  He said: “I am tired of you people. What do you want?” 

Chris Christie has made a career out of demonizing public school teachers and teachers unions. Before becoming a public official Christie was a registered lobbyist for Edison Schools Inc. a for-profit  firm that makes money off of privatizing public education. The principle organized opposition to privatization comes first and foremost from the teachers and their union.

So what did Tomlinson want?

I told him I want money for my students. He fought back with the amount that he has spent on education. My response was along the lines of the fact his amount was not actually an increase from the previous years, given the rate of inflation and other factors.

The crowd started arguing with me. He screamed at me to just do my job.The crowd cheered for him. I just looked at them and told them: “Hey, this is my life. I had to do this.” I tried to follow him to Atlantic City to continue the conversation but the roads were blocked by police when I got there.

Governor Christie is heavily favored to win re-election. His opponent, State Senator Barbara Buono, is not only facing Christie and his stuttering admirers in the press but also the machinery of the state Democratic Party who fears her progressive agenda would threaten state and local business dealings that Christie has happily looked the other way on.

So while tomorrow is a likely victory for Christie, it’s a serious question if his belligerent routine will play well outside his home state as he looks to the 2016 presidential election.

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Chris Christie Screams At Another Teacher On Election Eve

Governor Christie Screams At Melissa Tomlinson

Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey has made a name for himself screaming at constituents – from “jerk” to “idiot” to “numbnuts.” He has also, while in re-election mode, tried to tone it down somewhat in hopes of appealing to a broader base of voters. But yesterday was an apparent slip as Governor Christie told a public school teacher that “I Am Tired Of You People!”

The woman he screamed at, Melissa Tomlinson, is a public school teacher who asked Christie why he denigrated public education.

I went to listen to him speak. I stood in the front of the crowd that was standing towards the back. I know he caught sight of me. He stared at me a few times during his speech. I left right as his speech was over to position myself right at the door of the bus. He came out, shaking everyone’s hands as he was getting on the bus. I asked him my question, expecting him to ignore me but he suddenly turned and went off.

I asked him: “Why do you portray our schools as failure factories?” His reply: “Because they are!”  He said: “I am tired of you people. What do you want?” 

Chris Christie has made a career out of demonizing public school teachers and teachers unions. Before becoming a public official Christie was a registered lobbyist for Edison Schools Inc. a for-profit  firm that makes money off of privatizing public education. The principle organized opposition to privatization comes first and foremost from the teachers and their union.

So what did Tomlinson want?

I told him I want money for my students. He fought back with the amount that he has spent on education. My response was along the lines of the fact his amount was not actually an increase from the previous years, given the rate of inflation and other factors.

The crowd started arguing with me. He screamed at me to just do my job.The crowd cheered for him. I just looked at them and told them: “Hey, this is my life. I had to do this.” I tried to follow him to Atlantic City to continue the conversation but the roads were blocked by police when I got there.

Governor Christie is heavily favored to win re-election. His opponent, State Senator Barbara Buono, is not only facing Christie and his stuttering admirers in the press but also the machinery of the state Democratic Party who fears her progressive agenda would threaten state and local business dealings that Christie has happily looked the other way on.

So while tomorrow is a likely victory for Christie, it’s a serious question if his belligerent routine will play well outside his home state as he looks to the 2016 presidential election.

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