Teachers unions are pretty popular punching bags. Even Steve Jobs hated them.New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has practically made his career by pitting himself against the teachers unions, frequently on video.
And now he’s getting some new, big money allies.
Lisa Fleisher at WSJ reports that a group Tepper is backing called Better Education for Kids is taking to the airwaves to spend $1 million promoting anti-teachers union messages:
Better Education for Kids wants to end the use of seniority in teacher-hiring decisions, implement an effective teacher-evaluation system and weaken tenure.
Much of this conflicts with the policies of the New Jersey Education Association, or NJEA, which represents about 200,000 teachers, retirees and education professionals.
Better Education for Kids was started by New Jersey residents David Tepper and Alan Fournier, who founded the Appaloosa Management hedge fund and the Pennant Capital Management hedge fund, respectively.
To be clear, this organisation received money from Tepper last summer. Now they’re taking to the air.
Of course, hedge funders have loved Chris Christie for a while now, and Tepper was one of those who urged him to run for President.