Humor Impaired? Gov. Christie Demands Firing of Teacher Union Head Over Joke

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is reportedly demanding the firing of Bergen County teachers union head Joe Coppola for a joke.


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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36 thoughts on “Humor Impaired? Gov. Christie Demands Firing of Teacher Union Head Over Joke”

  1. hotdog,

    IMHO Professor Jonathan Turley is a very handsome man; he is also intelligent, articulate, quick witted, kind and tolerant.

    You seem jealous; and that’s why nobody wants to eat you……. your too bitter!

  2. WHOA! Turley, don’t let the cameraman do a full side shot of you on Matthew’s show again! I thought a big fat woodtick had fallen off my dog and got stuck on the screen, but it was you!

  3. This is total BS. He is Gov after all and not everyone likes the person in office at the time. I was initially thinking that he should apologize for the statement, but now he want the man to be cast out of employment for a remark such as this? Who the hell does this man think he is, or is he really a man with a name like this?

  4. After being handed such a delectable quote, the last thing Christie should do is demand an apology. Were I Christie, I would turn the remark into an ad.

    “A teacher’s union boss says, ‘Chris Christie is my favorite governor,’ and who are we to disagree? Re-elect Christie for governor!”

    Christie shouldn’t stop there. He should turn it into a bumper sticker, a shirt button, and anything else amenable to printed slogans.

  5. Christie is bamboozling himself right into a SNL skit … does he realize how thoroughly he’s been duped … one would think a professional politician would be able to spot a con like this a mile off.

    As set-ups go, this was pretty darn perfect. I’d say the rascals knew their mark.

    Welcome to comedic heaven … the libs gotcha good … for a long, long time ‘

  6. Empire,

    It would sound plausible, but for the fact that there is no death panel to decide the fate of the offending parties elderly parents.

  7. A guy with a funny name like “Chris Christie” objecting to this? I’m sure he’s been subjected to worse.

  8. Empirecookie;

    “As they frantically tread water for days and days trying to survive, groups like the Harlem Globetrotters, ACORN and the cast of Diffrent Strokes come by to peer down the well, laugh and throw rocks. Apparently, this kind of punishment is a tradition in Kenya.”

    ….

    bwahahahahahahahahahahhaha!
    hahaha…you have a scary mind……

  9. No Patriot, Jonolan is right. That’s exactly what happens to any white Republican who makes a joke like that about the president.

    But what Jonolan has described is not even the worst of it. After the nationwide campaign of vilification, the joker is arrested and driven to the woods near Camp David (where he/she can’t be found) and thrown down a 20 foot well. As they frantically tread water for days and days trying to survive, groups like the Harlem Globetrotters, ACORN and the cast of Diffrent Strokes come by to peer down the well, laugh and throw rocks. Apparently, this kind of punishment is a tradition in Kenya. Just an interesting coincidence? I don’t think so.

    If, after a week, the joker is still alive, he or she is pulled out of the well, sent to San Francisco and forced into a same sex marriage. They can never speak openly about their ordeal (much less joke about it) or they will be locked inside the trunk of a Volkswagen and forced to listen to tapes of the entire works of Karl Marx over and over again, sometimes even in German. Some people survive the well, but no one has ever been known to survive the dictatorship of the proletariat (that’s the code word used by the White House for this form of torture).

    Believe me, I know this may sound completely crazy, but it’s all true. Otherwise why has the White House never denied it and why won’t the Hussein Obama adminstration disclose documents to prove that it is not true?

  10. jonolan, do you have any examples or evidence to back up your silly statement? NY Gubernatorial candidate and tea-bagger darling Carl Paladino sent many ruder e-mails degrading our President, blacks, women. He is still running. No secret service visit, no arrest, just a blip in the media which he is using to play the consumate victim. And this clown wants to be my Governor?

  11. The same sort of joke about Obama would have resulted in the joker’s termination, a nationwide campaign of vilification against the joker, and a possible visit from the Secret Service.

    Why should it be different when it’s a Governor? Or is there a more fundamental difference in the situation since Gov. Christie is a Republican and White?

  12. Do we need more proof that this whole megillah is blatant opportunism by Christie to tarnish the reputation of one of the right-wings most cherished and enduring bugbears, a – gasp – union of teachers?

    Christie doesn’t deserve an apology, he deserves ridicule.

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