Teachers, many of whom said they had taken personal days off, said they were there to stand up for their union leaders. Christie often asserts that he has a problem only with teachers’ unions, not teachers.
Many of the union members showed anger over the bailouts and bonuses for Wall Street banks, arguing that government was enriching the wealthy and making the working class poor. One sign read: “Union busters are the new terrorists.”
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Joel Winton, of the West Bergen Tea Party, said the unions are “dramatizing the loss of jobs” while ignoring that the state is going bankrupt. Unions “get more and more powerful, and some point is the tipping point, and this the tipping point,” he said.