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Statehouse Rally Wraps Up, Gov. Christie's Spokesman Responds

Thousands gather in Trenton for anti-Christie rally

The Star-Ledger — Saturday, May 22, 2010

By Statehouse Bureau Staff

TRENTON — A series of speakers revved up the crowd at this afternoon's rally in Trenton by taunting Gov. Chris Christie and his plans to cut the state's budget.

The rally wrapped up around 2:30 p.m.

Christie's spokesman Michael Drewniak said the protesters are "blinded by their own rhetoric," and "on the wrong side of history."

Here are some of the comments from the stage:

"We will not be silenced. We will prevail," said New Jersey Teacher of the Year Maryann Woods-Murphy.

"We stand together today, not for ourselves but for us all," Phyllis Salowe-Kaye, executive director of NJ Citizen Action.

"The human needs infrastructure in New Jersey is falling apart, and that is a crisis," said William McNary, president of USAction, comparing the state's budget situation to the Minnesota bridge collapse and the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

"I ask our governor, when our school system is trying to teach anti-bullying, to stop being the biggest bully in the state," said James Harris, president of the New Jersey chapter of the NAACP.

"We are not the problem!" New Jersey Education Association President Barbara Keshishian said, leading the crowd in a chant.

"If these legislators remain silent, then they are (Christie's) accomplices," Keshishian said, firing a warning shot at Democratic lawmakers.

"We're not gonna take it!" New Jersey AFL-CIO president Charles Wowkanech, leading the crowd in another chant.

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