New Jersey Governor Chris Christie got into a shouting match with a former Navy SEAL yesterday at a speech he was giving and called the man an “idiot”. Christie was speaking about the merger of Rutgers-Camden Law School into Rowan University. Christie has become known for his abrasive style of governing.
William Brown, the SEAL who decided to argue with Governor Christie is a current Rutgers Camden student and is opposed to the plan.
Brown asked the governor during a town hall meeting in Burlington County how his plan would effect students, especially veterans. Christie responded by telling Brown the merger was going to happen because it would provide bigger and better opportunities.The situation escalated into a shouting match, and Brown continued to make his argument while Christie was speaking, saying that no one in South Jersey wanted this to happen.
Governor Christie had the State Police remove Brown from the auditorium saying,
“If you decide what you want to do is put on a show today, let me tell you something, I can go back and forth with you as much as you want. And let me tell you something, after you graduate from law school, you conduct yourself like that in a court room, your rear end’s gonna get thrown in jail, idiot.
You know, I tried to be patient with the guy. Every time I tried to answer, he started yelling over me again. Damn, man, I’m governor, could you just shut up for a second?”
Brown called the response by Christie and the police “inappropriate.”
Brown told the Philadelphia Enquirer,
“I think he’s a bully sometimes. I was disappointed the governor couldn’t have a debate.”
Do you think that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is way over the top or do you think he handled the situation properly?