Rita O'Neill Wilson was caught on video arguing with Gov. Christie earlier this week about her paltry salary and how she'd love to make $83,000 and Gov. Christie said that she was making quite a bit more than that.
But borough teacher Rita Wilson, a Kearny resident, argued that if she were paid $3 an hour for the 30 children in her class, she’d be earning $83,000, and she makes nothing near that.Well, she actually makes quite a bit more than that. She's got a base salary of $86,386, plus a HS co-curricular stipend of $652, That doesn't include the health care and pension benefits that aren't figured into the salary. In other words, she's compensated more than $100,000 per year.
“You’re getting more than that if you include the cost of your benefits,” Christie interrupted.
When Wilson, who has a master’s degree, said she was not being compensated for her education and experience, Christie said:
“Well, you know then that you don’t have to do it.” Some in the audience applauded.
Gov. Christie was right. Again.
And that's yet another fail by the teachers and their union who think that they remain eternally entitled to raises and their benefits packages that are unfazed by the economic climate and the fact that the state is broke. They want their cut, and don't care about anyone else, let alone the taxpayers or the students.