Our neighbor-across-the-Hudson Chris Christie is totally out of control.
Last Thursday the New Jersey Governor was strolling down a street at the Jersey Shore chomping on a double scoop ice cream cone, when a passerby asked Christie why he was so hard on teachers.
Christie lunged at him, red-faced and screaming “Yeah, you’d better keep walking!”, before his security detail pulled him back.
Just a few days before, a press conference reporter asked the Governor a mild question about when he planned to address the state legislature. Christie went wild.
“Are you stupid? Didn’t I warn you to stay on topic?!” Obviously freedom of the press is a foreign concept to this governor. “I’m sorry for the idiot over there,” Christie smirked to the other attendees.
Earlier this year at a town hall meeting, veteran and former Navy Seal William Brown asked the Governor to consider how reconfiguring the state’s public universities might hurt student-veterans.
Christie responded by calling the veteran “an idiot.” When Brown didn’t back down and it escalated into a shouting match, Christie had Brown escorted out by security.
Afterward Christie said “I tried to be patient with the guy, but damn man, I’m Governor–couldn’t he just shut up??”
“I think he’s a bully,” said the veteran.
I think Brown’s right. Not only is Christie a bully, but the governor has become Mr. Bad Example in every sense of the term. While he talks of imposing “discipline” on New Jersey teachers and other government workers, he shows a clear lack of self-discipline.
In the midst of mocking constituents who ask for compassion for teachers, veterans, gays, etc, he goes on Nightline and wails about the lack of empathy some people have when it comes to his weight. The five foot eleven Christie is morbidly obese, and his weight has recently climbed to an estimated 350+ pounds.
“Sure some people drink too much, and some use drugs,” he explained. “And some people eat too much. But you can go every day without drinking or drugs. You can’t live every day without eating.”
Yes, but you can live every day without eating too much. Obesity is a national epidemic, costing us not only millions of dollars but thousands of lives annually.
If a candidate has a drinking or drug problem or a sex addiction, reporters are all over it. When Obama was seen sneaking a cigarette, some scolded that he was setting a bad example for children. Yet Christie’s weight isn’t fair game, especially when he says he’d gladly take Romney’s call about running for vice president? Do we want a man who can’t walk across a football field without gasping for breath a heartbeat from the Presidency?
The suddenly sensitive Christie told Nightline that there are two kinds of people who mention his weight: those who are “empathic and truly care about about my health,” and those who are “just, you know, nasty and insensitive.”
Yes Governor, we know the type. Or as Christie might put it, “Hey idiot–check the mirror.”