Ed Team

Not a Positive Example for Teachers

Filed By Ed Team | October 21, 2011 8:38 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: anti-gay bullying, Chris Christie, Facebook, LGBT history month, New Jersey, Vicki Knox

"I think that kind of example is not a positive one at all to be setting for folks who have such an important and influential position in our society. I'm really concerned about those kinds of statements being made."

-- Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on 770 WABC Radio. Christie is referring to Vicki Knox, a public high school teacher who wrote a horribly anti-gay screed on her Facebook wall after the school put up a display for LGBT History Month.

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california panda | October 21, 2011 2:58 PM

Christie should look to his own party and see where all the inflamatory rhetoric is actually coming from. With the enormous lack of support for education and diversity endemic in the Republican party and the extreme levels of homophobia/transphobia exhibited by its political leadership and spokespeople, it's no wonder that people like this "teacher" get caught up in it. She's just one of the RR's tools that got caught.

It's worth remembering that Christie is virulently anti-SSM though supportive of civil unions. I believe Christie understands that while he can get away with being anti-SSM, NJ is just too liberal a state for a governor who didn't oppose this kind of thing publicly to get reelected (not that's he''s going to now that he's pissed off the cops and firefighters unions which helped him get elected the first time). Christie is more skilled than most Republicans at dancing on the fine line of social issues here in NJ, but his nuanced games won't play nationally if he decides to run in '16.