Press Release

AFT President on Chris Christie’s Threat to Punch Teachers

For Release: 

Monday, August 3, 2015

Contact:

Janet Bass
202-879-4554
jbass@aft.org

WASHINGTON—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s statement about punching teachers in the face:

“Chris Christie has issues—from reneging on his promise to fix pensions to his state’s fiscal standing facing near junk bond status. But the biggest issue is he’s a bully and has anger management problems. That he would threaten to punch teachers in the face—mostly women seeking to help children meet their potential and achieve their dreams—promotes a culture of violence and underscores why he lacks the temperament and emotional skills to be president, or serve in any leadership capacity. It’s a sad day in the life of our nation to see a candidate threaten violence to gain political favor.”
 

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The AFT represents 1.6 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.