Uploaded on Apr 23, 2010
Governor Christie on Fox and Friends. Discusses education, New Jersey taxes (Transcript Below).
STEVE DOOCY: Well, you've seen the tea parties all across the country and this past week, there was an actual tax revolt in the state of New Jersey. Voters there rejected hiking their property taxes to pay for their already sky-high education. Chris Christie, the newly elected republican governor of New Jersey joins us live. Good morning.
GOVERNOR CHRISTIE: Great to be here.
STEVE DOOCY: A tax revolt in New Jersey, right?
GOVERNOR CHRISTIE: No question that what happened on Tuesday was a very clear message, they're tired of higher taxes, they're tired of out of control spending and they want us to get it under control.
STEVE DOOCY: Sure. One of the things -- I live in New Jersey and one of the reasons we moved there was the fact that their schools are terrific. So given the chance to -- and every time that I have lived in this particular town, they've always rubber stamped it. Well, now, I've never -- when I went to vote on Tuesday, governor, I have never seen the crowd in the polling place that I saw with my own two eyes.
GOVERNOR CHRISTIE: Well, it was double the turnout that it had been the year before and folks are -- folks are angry. Now, you know, some budgets were approved - 41% of the budgets were approved but 58% were rejected. That is a historic number in New Jersey. It's never happened that much before.
STEVE DOOCY: Do you think what happened in New Jersey on Tuesday is happening across the country?
GOVERNOR CHRISTIE: I think there's a feel for that. I think New Jersey is particularly tax sensitive and, you know, we have the highest tax burden in America. So maybe we're feeling it worse than anybody else in America and people are reacting.
STEVE DOOCY: We just saw some images, I think, from Hackensack where students essentially protested. We can't believe that they voted down upping the taxes in that particular district. it's interesting, though, the teacher -- one of my kids goes to high school in Bergen county, New Jersey and a couple of the teachers said look, you're going to go home and tell your parents to vote for this thing or else things are going to change at your high school. So do you think that's fair to have the teachers say to the kids in the school, have your parents vote for that?
GOVERNOR CHRISTIE: No, it's awful and they should stop playing politics in the classroom, you know, they have a position of trust and the teachers union has been encouraging their members to go in there to use these -- these kids to try to get their parents to vote in a whole variety of different ways. Mandatory homework projects to find out, you know, whether your parents are going to vote or not. And these kind of things are just -- they're just out of control.
STEVE DOOCY: Well, I know that you had some problems with the school -- the teachers union because somebody wrote that letter and said he hope you died.
GOVERNOR CHRISTIE: Well, listen, he's the head and still is the head of the teachers union in your county where you live in Bergen county and this is a guy who sent out a prayer for me to die because I asked them to take a one-year pay freeze and to contribute something towards their full family medical, dental and vision health insurance.
STEVE DOOCY: They refused.
GOVERNOR CHRISTIE: Yes.
STEVE DOOCY: Has that guy been fired yet?
GOVERNOR CHRISTIE: No, he has not. I asked the state teachers union to ask for his resignation. They refused. And in fact, you know what would happen if a kid would have passed a note like that with their teachers name in it? They would have suspended and sent to mandatory counseling. If one of my staff had done it, they would have demanded I fire him but the rules are different for the teachers union. I think people said on Tuesday maybe they're not.
STEVE DOOCY: The Governor is going to stick around; we're going to continue the conversation. If you have a question for him, e-mail us right now at friends at foxnews.com.
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