Last weekend, New Jersey teachers union Vice President Vincent Giordano that underprivileged students don't deserve educational choice if they can't afford it, because "sometimes, life isn't fair."
That latter point is true – life in New Jersey isn't fair for students from low-income families, because teachers unions have used their considerable political power to lock kids into failing schools. It's a smart strategy for the unions, who rely on their near-monopoly in urban areas to prop up schools that would be unable to exist in a competitive marketplace. Sure, school choice would result in better educational options and life outcomes for underprivileged kids, but that would mean less dues paying public school teachers to fund Mr. Giordano's $300,000 salary.
Gov. Christie is rightfully disgusted. Watch the first 2:30 of this video of the governor's speech on the topic: