Singleton Takes Christie to Task for Salacious Characterization of Public School Teachers as ‘Mafia’

Assembly Education Committee Vice Chair Troy Singleton on Tuesday took Gov. Christie to task for his salacious characterization of New Jersey’s public school teachers and the disservice it does to New Jersey children headed back to school this week.

Singleton was responding to reports that Christie called the New Jersey Education Association “New Jersey’s version of the Corleones,” in reference to the Godfather movies, while at a public school for a bill signing event.

“The Governor’s connotation of teachers as members of a fictional crime family does little to improve public education and only serves to cast a pall over our school system as children head back today.

“For the past eight years, the Governor has cast the NJEA as public enemy number one and refused to work cooperatively for the greater good of our education system, forcing our children to suffer as a consequence.

“Language is important and children learn what they live. On a day when so many of us as parents are turning our most precious creations over to teachers, the Governor once again crosses the line. It’s like he’s developed an acute case of ‘Trump-itis,'” said Singleton (D-Burlington).