I love watching clips of Christie speaking to voters like adults. Whether he’s describing his own state as a “failed experiment” or jousting with his favorite piñata, the teacher’s union, it’s refreshing to watch him.
Since then I’ve shrugged off a few times when I’ve thought his candor has lapsed into bullying. But the ugly confrontation on Saturday is simply appalling.
At an impromptu news conference about a major water-treatment emergency in Monmouth County, Christie had specified that he would take questions only about the current topic. When a reporter dared to ask an innocuous question on a different subject, Christie snarled, “”Did I say on topic?! Are you stupid?! On topic! On topic. Next question.” He doubled-down seconds later, ending the session with “Thank you all very much — and I’m sorry for that idiot over there.”
“Governor Awesome” (an unregistered trademark of Tigerhawk) has been talked about as a potential running mate for Mitt Romney. I’ve been hoping Romney will look elsewhere so that Christie can continue his efforts to put the state on a more solid financial footing. But now I’m also very leery of putting a man with appalling judgment and serious anger-management issues a heartbeat away from the nuclear codes.