The two adversaries went back and forth for a few minutes, until Chaudruc, a Republican, interrupted the governor."You want to come up here?" Christie shouted. "You come up here ... Let’s have a conversation.."
"Several pounds heavier" - yeah, OK.Chaudruc, who stands 5’6" and weighs about 160 pounds, backed away until the governor insisted "bring him up here," and a state trooper escorted him to the stage.Christie, a few inches taller and several pounds heavier, loomed over Chaudruc as he launched into a tirade."Your wonderful increase in taxes would have killed jobs in this state," Christie said pointing his index finger at Chaudruc. "You and I have different ideas of what being a Republican is all about because I’m not going to raise taxes."Before he could get another word in, Chaudruc was ushered off the stage and out of the room by a trooper."It’s his playground. He holds the ball," Chaudruc said afterward, adding that Christie never answered his question.
Of course, earlier this week:
TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie will not agree to adding the Tappan Zee Bridge to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, a move that was recommended by New York Gov. David Paterson.
"I can't make this any clearer to New York than this: stop screwing with us," Christie said at a press conference this morning. "You're not going to come and pick our pockets. New Jersey is not going to permit it anymore." [emphasis mine]I know the talk radio crowd and the comment posters at NJ.com love this stuff, but it really is starting to get out of hand. BTW, he's right about this, but he also has to work with the governor of our neighboring state, and words mean things.
I want my governor to show some class. I want him to try to build consensus. I want him to show some respect to those who disagree with him.
You simply can't govern this way. And it's is becoming increasingly clear that, while his base is all fired up , the rest of the state is not going to fare well with an out-of-control governor in charge.
Screw you, Patterson!