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Regardless of New Jersey’s Budget Insolvency, Politicians Can’t Oppose Teachers' Unions

New Jersey Senate president Stephen Sweeney has declared that he will not run for governor of the state, leaving the 2017 Democratic primary as practically a coronation of Phil Murphy. A major reason why Sweeney is withdrawing so soon is that he put budget solvency over the demands of New Jersey’s teachers’ union. The New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) is the most powerful influence on elections in the state, and Sweeney drew their ire when he blocked the senate from voting on a constitutional amendment that would protect government workers’ pensions.
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