Top 5 Instances of Chris Christie Being a Bully

According to a press conference this week, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has absolutely no idea that members of his staff purposefully jammed the traffic on a local bridge in order to evoke “payback” on a New Jersey mayor that wouldn’t endorse him for his reelection.

Sure he didn’t.

If the Republican Governor did know what was going on and authorized it, he’s once more reinforced his image as a major bully. Even as he declares he was misled and lied to, many are finding it hard to believe. “I’m actually rooting that the highest elected official in the state of New Jersey isn’t involved in this, but I will tell you I’m beginning to question my judgment,” said Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, whose city was targeted by the stunt.

Why is it so difficult for people to take Governor Christie at his word? Probably because this wouldn’t have been the first time he’s bullied adversaries. Here are the top five instances of him strong arming the opponent.

1.Christie bullies a reporter.

Some people love the press. Others love to attack them. Christie did both in May of 2010, when a local liberal columnist asked him why he always had a “confrontational tone.”According to Huffington Post, “New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) went on a rant about the need for political disagreement and insisted he was hardly being confrontational. ‘You should really see me when I’m pissed!’ he said. ‘This is who I am, like it or not. And this is who the people elected.’”

2.Christie bullies a teacher.

It became an infamous image just before the 2013 election: Chris Christie, finger in the air, right in the face of a female teacher asking him a question at a rally. But what was really being said? The teacher explained:

I went to listen to him speak. I stood in the front of the crowd that was standing towards the back. I know he caught sight of me. He stared at me a few times during his speech. I left right as his speech was over to position myself right at the door of the bus. He came out, shaking everyone’s hands as he was getting on the bus. I asked him my question, expecting him to ignore me but he suddenly turned and went off. 

I asked him: Why do you portray our schools as failure factories? His reply: Because they are! He said: I am tired of you people. What do you want?

3.Christie bullies a fellow Republican legislator.

One Republican state senator who had the nerve to criticize the governor over not declaring a state of emergency early enough during a 2010 blizzard was told not to attend an upcoming press event that was going to be hosted in the senator’s own district. Not seeing that as retaliation enough, his seat was then eliminated during the state’s redistricting process that year.

4.Christie bullies a veteran.

Serving our country doesn’t save you from Christie’s wrath. After getting into a heated argument with a Navy SEAL at a townhall in 2012, Christie called the attendee an “idiot” as he had security escort him out the door. Once the SEAL was gone, Christie told the audience:”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?”

5.Christie bullies a presidential candidate.

Not even his own party’s nominee for president was immune from his bullying, if an account from a book about the 2012 presidential race is to be believed:

He was also a fundraising dynamo, but he and his staff were overbearing and hard to work with, demanding in ways that would have been unthinkable from any other surrogate. Months earlier, Christie had banned Romney from raising money in New Jersey until Christie had given the O.K. to do soa move Romney found galling, like something out of The Sopranos. Are you kidding me, Mitt thought. He’s going to do that?”

Still think Christie isn’t a bully? There’s a very jammed bridge in New Jersey he’d be happy to sell you, too…

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

thanks for the article.

Carl O.
Carl O5 years ago

I believe that Governor Chris Christie is finally learning the old adage The bigger they are the harder they fall." Ad when Christie finally crashes to earth it is going be a 6.4 on the Richter scale.

Deborah W.
Deborah W5 years ago

... AND SO THEY COME, LIKE FLIES ON SHIT ... while "the other side" slides into the cosmos, free of responsibility for their proven, not speculated, politics. Shame.

Carl O.
Carl O5 years ago

Governor Chris Christie returns to the Garden State from the Sunshine State for his second inaugural address. Well things were not sunny for Christie in Florida. He traveled as head of the Republican Governor's Association to raise money for Florida Governor Rick Scott but Scott would not have a photo taken with Christie.

Rick Scott is allegedly corrupt. To quote Alan Grayson. And look what the governor has done. He owns the largest chain of health clinics in the state, so what does he do? He shuts down all of the state's public health clinics, so there is no competition. He turns Medicaid over to privatization. And then, to top it all off, he requires state employees to get drug tested. Tell me, where are they going to go, to get those drug tests? To his company.

Things must be very bad for Christie when another corrupt Republican governor will not be seen in public with or be photographed with him.

The Garden State is not looking like a rose garden for Christie these days and the saga continues.

Carl O.
Carl O5 years ago

After Superstorm Sandy Chris Christie stated that the survivors wanted to hug him. Now the citizens of New Jersey and especially Hoboken want to strangle him. How times change. It is all on the wheel. What goes around comes around.

Joseph Glackin
Joseph Glackin5 years ago

The whole Christie as bully thing can be understood by answering this: Did you ever meet a bully who didn't whine that he was being picked on and then lash out against his perceived "enemies"?

Carl O.
Carl O5 years ago

With Governor Chris Christie its either his way or he closes the highway.

Susan T.
Susan T5 years ago

not all republicans and very few conservatives like Christy.....not at all

Carl O.
Carl O5 years ago

They say the operas not over until the fat man sings. Well after yesterday's supeonas being issued to twenty members of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as well as the governor's administration and re-election campaign members I get the feeling that someone is going to start singing before long though it might not be the fat man himself.

Mike Kelly
Mike Kelly5 years ago

Chris Christie seemed to be saying that he was quitting the run for president in 2016. Last night on Rachel Maddow's show he told a crowd of New Jersey republicans that he would be staying in New Jersey for the rest of his life.

I always knew there were both Federal and State prisons in New Jersey, but I don't think governor bridge is going to get life. The news has already told us that the lady who had her cardiac arrest treatment delayed would have died anyway.

(Won't we all die anyway? What's the sense of hurrying the call to 911, or the point of equipping the EMT's with that annoying red light and siren.)

Anyway ...

(I got distracted at the thought of HUGE, size 10x, orange coveralls)

... now it appears that the republicans have a new method for picking candidates. The Koch brothers, David and Charles, are now going to do the picking for the Party. You can't make this stuff up: