Never miss breakfast, especially if you're a teacher.3:15 PM, Aug 28, 2015 • By JIM SWIFT
New Jersey's kids, like all kids, are our future. And in many places, it takes a village to raise those children, complete with teachers' unions.
Which is why New Jersey teacher Arnold Anderson, who has held a post as an educator for over a decade, can be forgiven for being late for class to squeeze in a little breakfast.
The problem? Anderson was late 111 times in two years, the AP reports:
"I have a bad habit of eating breakfast in the morning and I lost track of time,"
Wrong, Mr. Anderson! Eating breakfast is a great, eggcelent habit to have. It's being late for work that's the bad habit. (Perhaps wake up earlier? Go to bed earlier? See me after class, please.)
Anyways, New Jersey rightly tried to fire Mr. Anderson, but that didn't work out.
In a decision filed Aug. 19, an arbitrator in New Jersey rejected an attempt by the Roosevelt Elementary School to fire Anderson from his $90,000-a-year job, saying he was entitled to progressive discipline. But the arbitrator also criticized Anderson's claim that the quality of his teaching outweighed his tardiness.
Supposedly, Anderson argued that his stellar teaching skills required less time in the classroom. Yet, his breakfast-making skills and life-work scheduling practices could use some work.
New Jersey Governor and presidential hopeful Chris Christie, a foe of the New Jersey Teachers' Unions, took to Twitter to mock the decision:
In the meantime, Anderson is suspended until January. Which leaves him more time to improve his breakfast skills and sleep habits.
9:42 AM, Aug 24, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
New Jersey governor Chris Christie says America needs a "strong law enforcer as president" in a new 30-second TV ad. In the spot, Christie, a Republican, lists off examples of "lawlessness in America and around the world under Barack Obama," including the terror of ISIS, sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants, drug problems, and "Iranian radicals with nuclear weapons. Christie adds in leading Democratic candidate for president into the mix.
"Now, Hillary Clinton thinks the law doesn't apply to her," he says with an image of a computer server on screen. "Really?"
"If Iran is to acquire a nuclear bomb, it will not have my name on it."5:14 PM, Aug 18, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Bob Menendez, the Democratic senator from New Jersey and one of the leading voices for tougher sanctions on the Iranian regime, delivered an address Tuesday at Seton Hall University in which he declared he would oppose the nuclear deal with Iran.
6:33 PM, Aug 3, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
New Jersey governor Chris Christie, a Republican, said former secretary of state Hillary Clinton should stop using "code words" when defending Planned Parenthood and reiterated his support for defunding the organization on a federal level. Christie responded to a video produced by Clinton's presidential campaign in which the Democratic frontrunner directly criticizes Republicans for "assaulting" the nation's largest abortion provider.
12:50 PM, Jun 30, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
On Tuesday, New Jersey governor Chris Christie became the fourteenth Republican to join the presidential race, promising in a rambling announcement in his hometown of Livingston that he would bring “strong leadership” to Washington. Christie also argued the country should not turn control over to President Obama’s “second mate, Hillary Clinton.”
A mayor who thinks small may be the answer Jun 22, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 39 • By ELI LEHRER
Just about every morning when the weather is nice, Don Guardian rides his bike along the boardwalk and digs into the beach sand. “They’re supposed to clean the top six inches of sand,” he explains. “And I check to make sure that they actually do it. . . . That’s what I’m here for: the small stuff.”
2:05 PM, May 22, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Two likely Republican presidential candidates defended the PATRIOT Act and its terrorist surveillance provisions at a gathering of Republicans Friday morning. Both New Jersey governor Chris Christie and former Florida governor Jeb Bush were emphatic in their support for the National Security Agency’s metadata collection program.
7:45 AM, May 13, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
New Jersey governor Chris Christie told CNN's Jake Tapper Tuesday that it "wasn't" the right decision to go to war in Iraq, given what we know now about the intelligence failures leading up to the invasion in 2003.
"Now, I think President Bush made the best decision he could at the time, given that his intelligence community was telling him that there was WMD and there were other threats right there in Iraq," said Christie. "But I don't think you can honestly say that if we knew then that there was no WMD, that the country should have gone to war. So my answer would be 'no.'"
12:35 PM, Apr 28, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
New Jersey governor Chris Christie will be sending New Jersey cops to Baltimore. The Republican governor made the announcement on Twitter.
"I spoke directly with Maryland Governor @LarryHogan last night and let him know that New Jersey is offering our full support & solidarity," Christie tweeted. "…in their efforts to protect the lives and well-being of the people in the city of Baltimore while calm and order are being restored. Following my conversation with Gov @LarryHogan, the @NJSP placed an assessment team on the ground in Maryland.
11:54 AM, Mar 26, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Governor Chris Christie has a big fan in Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. The New Jersey governor posted a video on the social media website from his latest town hall event. Zuckerberg "liked" the post and even commented. Check out a screenshot below:
9:23 AM, Feb 24, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey will announce in a speech in Trenton Tuesday that the New Jersey Education Association has endorsed the Republican's "roadmap" for pension reform. Christie, who made a national name for himself over his public battles with teachers unions in the Garden State, will be coming "full circle" by having the the state's largest teachers union "come to the table" to negotiate a proposal.
8:35 PM, Jan 26, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Governor Chris Christie is warning folks to get home by 9 p.m., before the worst of the snow storm is expected. New Jersey (and other states) are expecting to get hit by a blizzard tonight.
6:00 PM, Nov 3, 2014 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Whether or not Jeff Bell comes from behind to win the New Jersey Senate race, he deserves credit for having run a classy, ideas-focused race. That's epitomized by his "closing argument," reproduced below. If a majority of New Jersey voters actually read this email, I do think Bell would win. The media complain a lot about the low quality of campaigns these days—but when an underdog candidate runs a high-quality campaign, they don’t bother covering it. It would be good if some of them acknowledged Bell's attempt to elevate the political discourse.
3:02 PM, Oct 28, 2014 • By WHITNEY BLAKE
The Obama administration is suddenly a champion of states' rights when it comes to the Ebola quarantine controversy.