The most common word used to describe Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ), who may actually be the most unliked governor in history, is “bully.” The overly aggressive blowhard proved that he’s earned that characterization yet again on Tuesday when he ridiculed and shouted over a voter asking a tough question
The outgoing governor of New Jersey never seemed able to communicate very effectively, preferring to resort to name-calling and insults instead of debating his point. When the obviously frustrated voter asked him a question and criticized the job he’s done, Christie chose to mock and belittle her instead of finding common ground or trying to understand her concerns and answer her questions calmly.
‘You know what? The easiest thing in the world is to stand where you stand and critique…you’re the one here doing the critiquing…run for the township committee in Mendham Township and be the voice to do it. No, I know, because that’s too hard. It’s easier to sit here and complain.’
The voter told Christie that he, as governor, had the influence to address her concerns, but Christie continued talking over her. The woman also told Christie that she didn’t “have the money you do” to run a campaign, the New Jersey governor sneered at her.
Even as the woman walked away, Christie refused to let the issue rest and move on to more productive topics.
‘That’s the joy of public service…it’s serving folks like you that is really such a unique joy. It really is. You’re fabulous.’
The governor who once had hopes for an appointment in the Trump administration, possibly even as Trump’s vice president, will soon be out of a job in government entirely. His boorish and unpleasant style is quite similar to Trump’s, choosing ugly sarcasm and insults over diplomacy, but the two are reported to clash often and Christie is more often seen as a lackey rather than an important ally in Trump’s presidency.
His decision not to run for reelection in the state he was elected to serve as governor of couldn’t have come at a better time for Christie. After all, his job approval numbers have set records, but not in a good way.
‘A Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday found that only 15% of New Jersey voters approve of their governor. That gives the Republican, who was once an early favorite for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, the worst approval rating “for any governor in any state surveyed” by Quinnipiac in 20 years, the pollster said.
‘Christie’s disapproval rating went from 77% in December to 81% in the latest survey. Even a majority of Republican, 58%, disapprove of Christie.’
Much of the disapproval began with Bridgegate, for which some of Christie’s supporters and colleagues went to prison while Christie escaped punishment despite voters’ conviction that he was at least partly responsible. However, his most recent public scandal sent voters over the edge in their dislike.
When Republicans in the New Jersey state legislature voted to shut down the government over political disputes, beaches and state parks were forced to close. While families were turned away from public beaches their tax dollars had funded on Fourth of July weekend, Christie and his family were spotted in aerial photos lounging on what had become their own personal beach.
While this is just more bullying behavior that is nothing new for the New Jersey governor, bullying a voter outside of a polling place is truly a new low.
For video of the exchange, see below: