TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie says he's not offended by the profanity-laced tirade directed at him by the Democrat who leads the New Jersey Senate.
The Republican governor says he and Senate President Stephen Sweeney have "a passionate relationship," so things said in the heat of emotional battle should be forgiven.
Sweeney exploded after Christie cut $1.3 billion from the budget Democrats had sent him. The cuts included programs for AIDS patients, sexually abused children and blind students.
Sweeney drew outrage from his party's staunchest supporters when he backed pension and health-benefits reforms.