A lot of people who have never lived in New Jersey seem a bit confused by Gov. Chris Christie's wild popularity among state citizens. But it never confused me. Big overweight loud-mouthed guy with lots and lots of terrible ideas? He's pretty much every citizen's uncle.
Look, I was born in New Jersey. I grew up in New Jersey. I spent the first decade of my adult life in New Jersey. I spent many formative summers hawking stuffed animals on the boardwalk in Wildwood, New Jersey. So, please believe me when I tell you that this guy is New Jersey…
Gov. Christie got into a verbal smackdown at the Jersey Shore with an unidentified man who reportedly made snide remarks about the governor's education policies, according to TMZ.com…
"You're a real big shot, you're a real big shot shootin' your mouth off," Christie yells at the man.
"Just take care of the teachers," the man responded, according to TMZ. He may as well have kicked sand in the governor's face.
Christie turns up the heat. The shaking cellphone footage shows the Republican aggressively strutting towards the man, barking "Keep walking away… keep walking."
When you're dealing with New Jerseyans, there's a few thins you've got to understand: You never talk about their girlfriend's hair. You never speak ill of Bruce Springsteen. You never talk shit on the Giants/Eagles (depending on which part of the state you're in), unless they lost last night, in which case you never say anything nice about them. And you never disparage a person's policies for lowering the state budget via massive cuts in education.
We have very strong feelings about all those things.
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