Wishing for Christie’s Death

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, wants to slash state education funding. The state teachers' union isn't thrilled. |Flickr/<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cwalker71/4073779929/">cwalker71</a> (<a href="http://www.creativecommons.org">Creative Commons</a>).

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A memo released by the New Jersey Education Association, New Jersey’s state teachers’ union contained this “prayer”: 

Dear Lord: This year you have taken away my favorite actor, Patrick Swayze, my favorite actress, Farrah Fawcett, my favorite singer, Michael Jackson, and my favorite salesman, Billy Mays … I just wanted to let you know that Chris Christie is my favorite governor.

Stay classy, folks! Christie, New Jersey’s Republican governor, wants to reduce state aid to school districts by $820 million and has asked teachers to accept a one-year pay freeze. According to the New York Post, the “prayer” first appeared on “an NJEA Facebook page called “New Jersey Teachers United Against Governor Chris Christie’s Pay Freeze.” NJEA President Barbara Keshishian has apologized, awkwardly, to Christie: “Language such as that has no place in civil discourse. It was intended as humor, but it’s not funny.”

h/t Daily Intel, which adds, in response to Keshishian’s statement, “That might be a little much. It was at least a little funny.”

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