YouTube Preview Image This kind of behavior appeals to some, but how many? And for how long?

Reporters were told the governor would only answer questions about a major problem at a water treatment plant, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.

Yet one reporter proceeded to ask an unrelated question involving the state legislature, as seen in video of the press conference from Monmouth County.

Christie, cutting him off, said: “Did I say on topic? Are you stupid? On topic, on topic. Next question.”

As the reported tried to follow up, the Republican governor again interjected and ended the press conference.

“Thank you all very much, and I’m sorry for the idiot over there. Take care,” he said before walking away.

JOE WINDISH, Technology Editor
Leave a replyComments (12)
  1. The_Ohioan July 2, 2012 at 8:48 am

    hubris – NOUN:Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance:

    crude – ADJECTIVE:

  2. The_Ohioan July 2, 2012 at 8:53 am

    crude – adjective: Lacking tact or taste; blunt or offensive

    Basic civility is the measure of a civilized person. This may play well in New Jersey, considering the reality TV that seems to originate there, but it’s grating to Midwestern ears.

  3. ShannonLeee July 2, 2012 at 9:11 am

    goes over great on the jersey shore… until CC gets his weight under control, he will never be a viable candidate for P or VP.

  4. dduck July 2, 2012 at 9:32 am

    All of the above.

  5. DaGoat July 2, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Christie is admired for being direct, but needs to be careful about crossing the line into rudeness.

  6. WesleyV July 2, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Many of us were tired of this bully years ago.

  7. slamfu July 2, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Depends on what you mean by “the public”. He’s a loud, unnuanced blow hard that speaks his mind. The GOP will never tire of him. Hell I even kinda like him sometimes. You won’t lose too many popularity contests by slapping down reporters. Especially ones that seem like they are on an unrelated fishing expedition during a press conference.

  8. CStanley July 2, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    A lot of it is a regional thing. In NJ this kind of interactiin is commonplace, while in other places like the South it is rude. Personally i think the bluntness (speaking one’s mind) is to be admired but the namecalling is not. One can be forthright without being nasty.

  9. dduck July 2, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    CS, it is rude in the tri-state area also.

  10. CStanley July 2, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Lol dduck. I spent my early formative years in the tristate area and have Brooklyn bred parents, so i know of what i speak. I shouldn’t have implied that it’s not rude to insult people, but what i meant was that behavior that is common doesn’t seem as jarring as it does in an environment where people have different standards.

    The regional difference is very real IMO, but there are good and bad features of each cultural norm. It’s nice in the South that people treat each other with more warmtn and cordiality, but there’s also a lot more phoniness and probably supressed negative emotions.

  11. SHAUN MULLEN, TMV Columnist July 2, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Christie will be yet another one-term NJ governor. Well deserved.

  12. dduck July 2, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Unfortunately, probably two terms.