Schundler and religion

Here is the lead of an AP Story:
Former Jersey City Mayor Bret Schundler, Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s nominee to head the state’s education department, told lawmakers Monday that despite his strong religious beliefs he wouldn’t force those views on public schoolchildren.

All we can say is that it’s of some comfort that the likely state education comissioner will not violate the law and the constitution by trying to force religion into the public schools.


About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

17 Responses to Schundler and religion

  1. Patsy from 23rd Street says:


  2. Israel says:

    What troubles me is that thousands of children are suffering daily in substandard schools costing three times as much as religious based schools that are providing excellent education. When will we stop with the red herrings and focus on saving our children, families and communities?

  3. P says:

    You should note that Schundler was responding to questions raised at his hearing – “Democratic lawmakers wasted no time asking what role religion would play for Schundler, the chief operating officer of The King’s College, a Christian liberal arts college in New York City, as the state’s education chief.”

    Wonder if the nominee had been a Muslim if the Dems would have inquired about his intentions regarding imposing his Islamic beliefs?! For some reason, being a Christian means always having to prove that you can separate Church and State.

    No one seems to have an issue with this guy – ; although his views are much more dangerous than Mr. Schundler’s.

  4. Of course, he was responding to questions _ questions that were legitimate.
    A devout Muslin, Jew or Buddhist would be asked the same questions.

  5. P says:

    Doubtful, that wouldn’t be Politically Correct.

    Right now the key questions should be –

    How are you going to fix the Districts Formerly Known as Abbotts without throwing even more money at them?

    What can be done to reform/eliminate Tenure (aka – The Worst Thing that Ever Happened to Education).

    Is Race to the Top a priority for the Christie administration?

    What is the administration’s position on No Child Left Behind?

    What can be done to stop the biggest driver of Property Tax increases in NJ – Public Education?

    If they didn’t ask those questions then they were derelict in their duty and you should be reporting on that, not silly questions about Schundler’s religious beliefs.

  6. Edward france says:

    He job will not be to convert students to his relgion. He is no dummy. Why all the questions and fuss? At the same time it would be nice if some young people could learn about the word of god. What they are now getting from the streets, MTV and hbo etc is hurting them. Too many kids are not being taught anything about right and wrong anymore. But who cares?

  7. Kevin Nedd says:


    You are making general statements that are not necessarily always true. Last year in Washington Township the leading contributor to our 2009 property tax increase wasn’t our district school. It was the increase in our municipal taxes. Another gift from the all-GOP committee!

  8. P says:

    Nedd – It’s amazing how you can turn any discussion into a poke at your buds in LV.

    I’ve been working on a screenplay based on this Blog and your post inspired me to write a “dream sequence” –

    STATE SENATOR NEDD – Mr. Schundler, are you aware that although state-wide school districts are consistently the major driver of the increases in our property taxes, in my home village of Long Valley it’s the local committeemen who drive that bus. Why is that?

    MR. SCHUNDLER – Mr. Nedd, that you for that question. My staff and I looked at that situation and I have to say that the we were stunned to discover that the answer is YOU. Your brilliance allowed for three years of diminishing tax increases, but after all of your hard work the yokels in LV tossed you out and returned to SOP – an all Republican team.

    Well their loss is the state’s gain. I spoke to the governor and we’d like to have you join the team as “Commissioner of Torturing Mayor Short & Committeeman Pepper.”

    NEDD – I can’t wait to start.

    Fade Out . . . .

  9. Kevin Nedd says:


    Did you think of your little “role play” all by yourself? If so, keep your day job.

    What did the “yokels” on Long Valley get as a return on their all-GOP investment? The largest tax increase in three years with another big one headed their way!

    Not very smart…

  10. P says:

    Glad I could give you another chance not to discuss the original topic but keep pounding home your love of your former constiuents and current committemen. 😉

  11. Kevin Nedd says:


    How is my comment “off topic” when it was a direct reponse to your comment, which was: “What can be done to stop the biggest driver of Property Tax increases in NJ – Public Education?”

  12. P says:

    Using a statistical sample of one (LV), is meaningless. Are you saying that you question, if substituted for mine, would have made more sense at the Schundler hearing (which, BTW, was the topic under discussion). Or, was it thrown in, as you do at every opportunity, to press your specific LV issues.

    P.S. My questions are purely rhetorical.

    P.P.S. Fred – Could you open a thread titled “Long Valley Republicans Suck” so Nedd will have a proper place to beat on Shorty and Poppy.

  13. Kevin Nedd says:


    I didn’t pose a question. I simply corrected a statement you made, which turned out not to be true in all cases, as I have shown.

    As for an additional thread, none is required as holding Short and Popper accountable for their incompetence is already being accomplished on

  14. Mark in Rockaway says:

    “P.P.S. Fred – Could you open a thread titled “Long Valley Republicans Suck” so Nedd will have a proper place to beat on Shorty and Poppy.”

    Not necessary, every thread seems to veer towards that topic somehow….

  15. P says:

    Thus the reason for a separate thread.

    Of course, we could have those discussions on Nedd’s own Blog, but he only allows people whose name and vital stats he can verify through a notarized tax bill (okay, the notarized part is hyperbole).



  16. Kevin Nedd says:


    Folks from Long Valley don’t need to look at my blog to know local Republicans suck. All they have to do is look at their tax bills.

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