Sure he seems to have the right type of temperament to govern a state like New Jersey (seriously have you seen Real Housewives of New Jersey???) but is this really a good look for a Vice President? Btw – the answer is a resounding no.
In some instances I don’t mind if someone goes in on a heckler – either stage a legitimate protest or find another way to get yourself heard because that ish is just damn rude. Yes my mother raised a polite child, which I will admit in this day and age and in certain circles, seems to be a dying breed.
Also, I will admit that, sure, perhaps, maybe, I sometimes smile on the inside when someone disrupts a Mitty speech (cause otherwise they are boring and chock full of lies) but that is less of a “oh that’s so rude mentality” and more of a “look I don’t want ya’ll ignorant mofos doing that ish to President Obama so I’ll concede they shouldn’t do it to the Robot Dude” philosophy. Ya feel me?
Further, I will also concede that (a) the United States of America is not historically known for its umm inherent “civility” (again do you watch ANY reality tv? Or worse, visit the internet?) and (b) American politics even less so. Thus I get it, we can be some rude SOBs. BUT given that other aspects of our society are so infused with rude, hateful, bullying behavior shouldn’t we require our elected officials to rise above the mud and set an example of how one should behave in a certain situations?
1. The most recent incident:
Gov. Christie (R-NJ) was hangin’ with his family in Seaside Heights … and had just ordered an ice cream cone when a passerby fired off some snide comments about Christie’s policy on education.
Christie got PISSED — and while clutching his cone, shouted back at the guy, “You’re a real big shot … you’re a real big shot shootin’ your mouth off.”
The man shouted back, “Nah, just take care of the teachers!”
The comment only inflamed Christie … who aggressively marched towards the guy and warned, “Keep walkin’ away … really good … keep walkin’.”
Soon after, someone in Christie’s party put his arm around the 49-year-old and escorted him in the other direction. (tmz)
The specific education issue in question?
…Christie…has recently signed legislation expanding public funding for charter schools … a decision that has infuriated some who would prefer the money go towards struggling public schools.
I honestly think Chris was going to attempt to lay hands on the dude. Although considering the Gov’s extra poundage…
2. Earlier last week…
“The reporter asked a question not related to a major problem at a water treatment plant, which was where the news conference was being held. Christie grew angry that the man posed an off-topic query.
“Did I say on topic? Are you stupid? On topic, on topic. Next question,” Christie said. When there were no more questions, he added, “Thank you. Thank you all very much. I’m sorry for the idiot over there,” referring to the reporter who asked him the question.” (abclocal)
He’s a nice guy that Chris Christie isn’t he? Oh wait, we’re not done yet.
3. In March…
“In March, the governor used a similar line of attack when he got in a shouting match with a Navy SEAL who, like the boardwalk heckler, questioned Christie’s education proposals. Christie called the veteran an “idiot” and warned that he was “gonna get thrown in jail” for his behavior.” (huffpo)
Noticing a pattern here?
4. Also, it’s not just constituents who get checked. He has had a few choice words for members of the New Jersey state legislature as well:
“New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie branded state Democratic lawmakers liars on Tuesday — even calling one Bergen County legislator an “[arrogant] S.O.B.” — in the wake of a partisan state budget battle.” (fairlawnpatch)
Isn’t that like the pot calling the kettle black? Or in Christie’s case The Big Mac calling The Whopper overweight? My bad, was that wrong? And now you see how this works right? It spreads so easily. I mean if the Governor can be a rude, take no prisoners mofo then why can’t I?
5. And of course he wouldn’t hold back against an opponent…
Even though a famous civil rights leader came to Trenton to scold him, Gov. Chris Christie Monday unapologetically defended last week’s controversial remarks on civil rights, calling one his Jersey critics “numbnuts.”
Agitated and at times caustic, the governor went after Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, who had hammered Christie for saying that in the 1950s and 60s activists “would have been happy to have a referendum on civil rights rather than fighting and dying in the streets of the South.” Christie was trying to compare his call for a referendum on gay marriage to the civil rights struggle.
“What I said was I’m sure that civil rights advocates would have liked to have this as another option but it was not available to them,” Christie said at the Statehouse. “Yet you have numbnuts like Reed Gusciora who put out a statement comparing me to George Wallace and Lester Maddox.” (nj)
Seriously, Chris really is a delight isn’t he???
Yes, I do understand his rabid willingness to stand his ground and fervently defend his position is part of his appeal for some but again, you do see how one might conclude that if it’s okay for the Governor to respond like a sullen ‘rude boy’ teenager then surely its okay for Trenton Resident 1 to just a swing a bottle at Trenton Resident 2′s head simply because he likes a different sports team right?
Yes yes, I know it would happen in Jersey with or without Christie as Governor, my point is HE AIN’T HELPING AND I DON’T WANT HIM IN THE WHITE HOUSE!
There, I said it.