Christie responds to baseball confrontation controversy

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Speaking at an event in Trenton, New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) on Wednesday told the audience that he doesn’t suffer hecklers well.

The governor was referring to an incident he had on Sunday when he initiated a face-to-face confrontation with a Chicago Cubs fan while heading to his seat at a Cubs-Brewers game in Milwaukee.

“I didn’t dump the nachos on him or anything, which was an option,” Christie acknowledged, adding, “No, I’m not swearing off baseball games in any way.”

Christie noted that in his role as a public servant, he frequently has to deal with people making crass remarks; but he will only stand for it once.

“I will take a certain amount of abuse,” Christie said. “You’re a public official, you have to. But usually, it’s one. You get one shot to call me a name or curse me out.”

The ball game confrontation took place when the Republican governor was making his way to his seat, with a bowl of nachos in his grip, and heard Brad Joseph — an apparent Cubs fan — yelling from 30 feet away that he “sucks.”

“When he initially was going up the stairs, I yelled his name. He was already quite a bit past me, and, 30 feet away, I yelled his name and told him that he sucked,” Joseph told reporters. “I called him a hypocrite because I thought it needed to be said.”

Christie whipped around to confront Joseph. According to Joseph, the governor got right in his face and told him to have another beer before calling him a “big shot.” Then, he walked away. A bystander caught the end of the confrontation on video, which was promptly uploaded and shared on social media and has since gone viral.

Christie attended the game in Wisconsin because his son works in the Brewers’ baseball operations department.

In July, a Quinnipiac poll showed that Christie is New Jersey’s least popular governor ever, with an approval rating of a mere 15 percent. Elected to office in 2010, Christie’s final term will end in January due to a New Jersey state law dictating that a governor may only serve two terms.

 

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