The controversy surrounds a memo that included a closing joke prayer:
“Dear Lord this year you have taken away my favorite actor, Patrick Swayze, my favorite actress, Farrah Fawcett, my favorite singer, Michael Jackson, and my favorite salesman, Billy Mays. I just wanted to let you know that Chris Christie is my favorite governor.”
The memo was obtained by the media and was not supposed to be made public.
Christie reaction is a bit over the top — almost Canadian judging from a recent story, here.
The Union president declined to fire Coppola. NJEA President Barbara Keshishian went to apologize in person after apologizing in writing — only to have Christie demand Coppola’s termination.
The joke may have been tasteless and certainly impolitic. However, I would think that a written and personal apology should be sufficient.
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