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Gov. Chris Christie: Teachers' union deserves a punch in the face

CNN sat down with the pugilistic governor of New Jersey this weekend and asked who on the national level deserved a punch in the face.

Gov. Chris Christie replied, "Oh the national teachers union, who's already endorsed Hillary Clinton 16, 17 months before the election."

Asked why the union deserved a thrashing, Christie said, "Because they're not for education for our children. They're for greater membership,  greater benefits, greater pay for their members. And they are the single most destructive force for public education in America.”

The  1.6 million-member American Federation of Teachers endorsed Clinton two weeks ago. The National Education Association, which has about 3 million members, has not endorsed a candidate.

In a response to Christie, AFT President Randi Weingarten said, “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."

See what else Christie said about the union:

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Maureen Downey has written editorials and opinion pieces about local, state and federal education policy since the 1990s.