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Politics Over Education In Union City?

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Union City loves its mayor, democrat and big-time Christie supporter Brian Stack. In the past, city employees like the sanitation workers have gone all-out to campaign for their boss. And this year Stack said that he would do anything he could to endorse Chris Christie. In fact, the Governor made Union City the last stop on his campaign tour before Election Day.

On Election Day in Union City mobs of Board of Education employees were campaigning hard for the Mayor and the Governor who in the past hasn’t had the best reputation among New Jersey teachers.

Documents from the Hudson County Election Board show that about 80% of the Union City poll watchers, or those responsible for watching an election to make sure that corruption doesn’t occur, were in fact, employees of the Union City Board of Education.

Ironically, schools in Union City were off on Election Day. However the academic calendar on the Union City website noted that this was originally scheduled to be a half day.

While school was out for kids on Election Day at other North Hudson County districts like West New York and Guttenberg, their academic calendars had reflected that for months. That didn’t appear to be the case in Union City.

Mayor Brian Stack’s Chief of Staff Mark Albiez commented on whether or not he thought it might be a conflict of interest for public employees to campaign for their current Governor and Mayor. He said, “Why would it be a conflict of interest? They have first amendment rights and they can support anybody they like.”

While Albiez couldn’t say when the decision was made to cancel the school day, Superintendent Sandy Sanger was able to answer the question. At first he denied that it had ever been a half day on the calendar and went on to confirm that sometimes half days are canceled for big elections due to traffic and to make way for polls.

Oddly, the Union City school manual doesn’t list Election Days as a day off or say anything about exceptions for elections.

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