Published June 21, 2011
Call it another Chris Christie moment.
The confrontational New Jersey governor, appearing on a recent call-in show for a local public television channel, effectively shut down a caller who asked him why he sends his kids to private school.
"You know what? First off, it's none of your business," Christie snapped, after being asked to justify how he can impose cuts on the public school system while keeping his own children out of it.
"Secondly," he continued, "I pay $38,000 a year in property taxes for a public school system ... that my wife and I don't choose to utilize, because we believe we've decided as parents that we believe a religious education should be part of our children's everyday education. So we send our children to parochial school."
The Republican governor is well known for his often-public run-ins with teachers and critics of his administration over his cuts to the education system.
Christie was recently rebuked over those cuts by the New Jersey Supreme Court, which last month ruled that the state must restore $500 million in education funding for low-income districts.