Teachers for Christie: Fighting Back Against Corzine’s Lies on Chris and Education

Today, the Christie-Guadagno campaign announced the statewide leadership team for the Teachers for Christie coalition. The members of this coalition are fighting back against the smears Jon Corzine and the NJEA are spreading about Chris’ positions on education. These teachers know that Chris is a strong supporter of quality public schools and will ensure education funds reach our children in their classrooms. Teachers for Christie are speaking out in support of Chris because they want their fellow teachers to know that Chris will protect their pensions and pension fund dollars, will keep all current teacher health benefits intact, and commit to spend necessary funds on education.


Recently, Jon Corzine and the NJEA have erroneously claimed that Chris would cut school spending and eliminate teachers’ pensions and health benefits. Nothing could be further from the truth.  Chris has made funding education a priority and will not do anything to jeopardize teacher’s pensions and health care benefits. Meanwhile, Jon Corzine has put education dollars at risk, gambled with teacher’s pensions and ignored the needs of our urban children.

“Jon Corzine has not treated education as a priority program and has failed to provide reliable funding for our schools.  Not to mention the fact that he has gambled with my retirement by recklessly investing with our pension fund,” Gail Giacobbe, 30-year NJEA member. “Chris has my vote because I know he will protect my retirement and treat education as a priority every year, not just when it is politically convenient.”

“This year, Jon Corzine funded almost 10 percent of the education budget with one-time funds that will not be there for the next budget cycle,” said Kristin Hennessy, State Chair of Teachers for Christie-Guadagno and 13-year NJEA member. “This irresponsible and reckless budgeting is putting education at risk for all New Jersey’s children. Chris will prioritize education funding to make sure the budget is fully funded with recurring revenue and remains sound.” State Chair: Kristin Hennessy, Teacher and NJEA Member 13 years

Grassroots Chairs:
Richard Sless, Middle School Teacher, NJEA member 29 years, Atlantic
Eileen Miller, Elementary School Teacher, NJEA member 13 years, Bergen
Kim Layton-Cornish, High School Teacher, NJEA member 16 years, Burlington
Adam Davidson, High School Teacher, NJEA member4 years, Camden
Eric Springer, High School Teacher, NJEA member 12 years, Cape May
Arthur Marchand, Principal 4 years, NJEA member 7 years, Cumberland
Laura Reinhardt, High School Teacher, NJEA member, Essex
Robert Auth, High School Teacher, Hudson
Maryann Orlando, Retired Teacher, NJEA member 17 years, Hunterdon
Darren Chell, High School Teacher, NJEA member 12 years, Mercer
Eileen Teffenhart, Middle School Teacher, NJEA member 6 years, Middlesex
Andrew Teffenhart, High School Teacher, NJEA member 33 years, Middlesex
Kira Nelsen, Elementary School Teacher, NJEA member 3 years, Monmouth
Ruth Ann Wilkins, Retired Teacher, NJEA member 30 years, Morris
Joann Goetting, Elementary School Teacher, NJEA member 31 years, Ocean
Assemblywoman-Select Dianne Gove, Retired Teacher, NJEA member 32 years, Ocean
Pat Alloy, Middle School Teacher, NJEA member 16 year, Passaic
Sherry Cornacchia, Elementary Teacher, NJEA member 5 years, Passaic
Linda DuBois, High School Teacher, NJEA member 20 years, Salem
Harry Dunleavy, Retired Teacher, NJEA member 4 years, Sussex
Jacqueline Colaneri, Middle School Teacher, NJEA member 34 years, Sussex
Carol Dragon, Retired Teacher, 35 year NJEA member, present member of the AFTRNJ, Somerset
Gail Giacobbe, Retired Teacher, NJEA member 30 years, AFT member and NJREA member, Somerset
Marianne D’Alessio, Retired Teacher, NJEA member 33 years, Union
Jackie Helmstedder, Elementary School Teacher, NJEA member 5 years, Union
Nancy Luciano, High School Teacher, NJEA member 12 years, Union
Travis Whitehead, Middle School Teacher’s Assistant, NJEA member 1 year, Warren

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2 Responses to “Teachers for Christie: Fighting Back Against Corzine’s Lies on Chris and Education”

  1. uhm..yeah about this article, it makes no sense to me what so ever, and it really needs more details, and not LIES! so suckkkk myyy diiiiickkkk!(:

  2. A Concerned Teacher Says:

    Very mature response.

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