There were plenty of choice words and insults hurled back and forth when the Republican lawmaker appeared on a live sports-talk radio show on WFAN and sparred with Garden State constituents.
After all, this conversation takes place just a week after Christie’s latest controversy, in which he and his family were photographed enjoying a sunny holiday weekend day on a New Jersey beach, which had otherwise been closed to the public due to a budget impasse between the governor and the state Legislature.
Here’s what happened when Mike from Montclair called in:
HOST: Mike in Montclair, what’s up Mike?
MIKE: Governor, next time you want to sit on a beach that is closed to the entire world except you, you put your fat *** in a car and drive to one that is open to all of your constituents, and not just you and your.”
Christie starts interrupting as the caller speaks.
CHRISTIE: You know Mike, I love, I love getting calls from communists in Montclair.
MIKE: Communists in Montclair. You’re a bully governor, and I don’t like bullies.
CHRISTIE: Listen, I’m not the one who came on the air… (Mike interrupts) Hey, hold on Mike, Mike who came on the air, swore on the air…
MIKE: Who swore?
CHRISTIE: You did.
MIKE: Get the heck outta here…
CHRISTIE: You’re swearing on the air, Mike, so, you’re, you’re a bum.
MIKE (Talking over Christie): You have bad optics and you’re a bully.
CHRISTIE: Oh, bad optics. I’d like to come and look at your optics every day, buddy.
At that point, the caller is cut off.
Christie then proceeds to criticize what he calls the “leftward” lean of the town of Montclair, saying it’s no surprise the caller is from there. Christie handily lost Essex County, where Montclair is, in his 2013 re-election contest. Read more at NPR.