Gov. Christie, NJ residents talk to 12

Both Gov. Chris Christie and New Jersey residents weighed in on the protests staged by thousands of students across the state yesterday.

Gov. Christie sent a message to students on News 12 New Jersey's Talk to 12 saying, "Unfortunately for them, they need to understand the reality of the situation which is, you can't print money in New Jersey. Everyone is going to have to join in shared sacrifice." Christie also added, "They should remember that a lot of these members of the teachers union who are pushing these kids out the door today, are the ones who refused to take a pay freeze for one year, and refused to pay for any part of their health benefits."

Christie's remarks set off a firestorm of responses, "We made sure that teachers were kept as ignorant as possible and we did not get them involved," says Mirley, a student in Newark, who called in on last night's Talk to 12 with Steve Adubato.

Amid the continued war of words, budget hearings will continue today in the state Assembly.

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