Saturday, March 10, 2012
Governor v. Judge
Adam links to a story about NJ Governor Chris Christie's exchange with a law student, which involved Christie calling the student an "idiot." Obviously the exchange is not fully captured by the story (which does not sound like it captures the chronology of the exchange). But I was struck by two things that Christie said: 1) that if the student engaged with a judge in court the way he was engaging with Christie, the student would be thrown in jail (presumably for contempt) and 2) the applause line "I mean, damn man, I'm governor, could you shut up for a second?"
Is Christie suggesting that one should engage with a governor or other elected official the same way he engages with a judge in court and that he, as governor, is entitled to the same level of deference as a judge? And can that possibly be right?
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The guy isn't some twenty year old. He's a former Navy Seal in his mid-30s. And, the governor comes off as a bit of a bully and blowhard. It's his schtick. Don't know how much it reflects his true personality but some apparently like that sort of thing. I wonder how it will fly when his opponent isn't as lousy as last time.
Posted by: Joe | Mar 10, 2012 4:12:23 PM
Christie may have a career after politics on TV, perhaps as "Jersey Shore Judge."
Posted by: Shag from Brookline | Mar 12, 2012 6:41:47 AM
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