Michael van der Galien

New Jersey Gov. Christie Wants Union Head Fired

Posted on April 14 2010 6:00 am
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.
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The Associated Press reports that the Republican governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, wants the head of a union fired.

Bergen County teachers union leader Joe Coppola sent a memo to members that included a closing prayer that reads:

“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.”

Although Coppola has apologized, Christie demands his resignation.

Conservative blogger Dan Riehl opines at Riehl World View:

While the Right has generally been far more tolerant than the Left on things like this, I believe Christie’s correct here for a couple of reasons. One, it shows the Left that two can play at this game, and they do always play it, much to our disadvantage. And two, it takes into account the entire field of play. Too many times, we’ve let stuff like this slide…

Whatever strategy one prefers to win the larger political battle, it should be perfectly clear to anyone with half a brain that Coppola’s memo was utterly unacceptable. You don’t wish death on anyone, and especially not on a democratically elected governor (or president, for that matter).

What’s truly sad about this whole affair, however, is that Coppola’s actions weaken, rather than serve teachers; the very people whose interests Coppola is supposed to defend.

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