Christie's temper flares - again - on the Seaside Heights boardwalk

A video of Gov. Christie's Seaside Heights confrontation on TMZ.com.
A video of Gov. Christie's Seaside Heights confrontation on TMZ.com.
Posted: July 08, 2012

Gov. Christie got into a verbal smackdown at the Shore on Thursday with an unidentified man who reportedly made snide remarks about his education policies, according to TMZ.com.

A video posted on the entertainment website shows Christie gripping a vanilla ice cream cone as he strides down the Seaside Heights boardwalk while joining a battle of words.

"You're a real big shot! You're a real big shot shooting your mouth off!" Christie yells at the man.

"Just take care of the teachers," the man responds, according to TMZ.

He might as well have kicked sand in the governor's face.

Christie turns up the heat. The shaking cellphone footage shows the Republican aggressively strutting toward the man, barking, "Keep walking away . . . keep walking."

Christie cools down after a towering member of his entourage puts his arm around the governor's shoulders and escorts him away.

Christie's press office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

But NJ.com cited someone it described as an official close to the governor as saying Christie, who was with his children, was irked by a curse word. What set him off is not heard on the video posted online.

Seaside Heights is no stranger to noisy blowups. It is, after all, the home of Jersey Shore.

The governor's display of anger was the second time in less than a week that he publicly berated a perceived foe.

During a news conference about a state water emergency last Saturday, Christie lashed out at a newspaper reporter who veered off the topic after journalists at a news conference were told to confine questions to the water situation.

The off-topic question from Chris Harris of the Bergen Record was innocuous: "On Monday, are you going to be addressing the Legislature?"

It was enough for the governor to blow a gasket.

"Did I say on topic? Are you stupid? On topic! On topic! Next question," Christie responded, ending the event with: "Thank you all very much, and I'm sorry for the idiot over there."


Contact Sam Wood at 215-854-2796 or samwood@phillynews.com.

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