The governor also reminded the audience that for teachers in New Jersey who want to opt out of the union, they must pay an opt-out fee of 85 percent of the $730.
“Now, for people in my generation…this is like the Hotel California. You can check out anytime you like, but you may never leave,” said Christie amidst laughs.
He ended on a more somber note, pointing out that New Jersey spends an average of $18,000 per pupil, per year. Despite that, 205 schools in the state are deemed to be chronically failing. “I am impatient. And it is an obscenity that those who claim to be involved in public education for the kids aren’t just as impatient as upset as I am,” he said.
“I can’t afford to be tired,” he added. “I can’t afford to get discouraged. The people didn’t hire me because of my charm and good looks; they hired me because they know our state’s a mess.”
“Our children can no longer stand the consequences of this kind of conduct,” Christie said.