KEARNY - Gov. Chris Christie offered an olive branch to a teacher at a town hall meeting today in Kearny.

The teacher says she felt compelled to speak with Christie because she loves her job and is troubled by the openly hostile relationship between the governor and her union, the NJEA.

The governor replied, "To the extent that I contributed to scaring you, I'm sorry for that. That's not what I meant to do." The NJEA is a popular target for the governor. Minutes before his exchange with the teacher, he hammered union leadership for public comments on education reform.

At the town hall, Christie said the state will cut taxes but wouldn't say if it would be his 10 percent income tax cut or Senate President Steve Sweeney's income tax credit.