|Gov Christie calls S-L columnist thin-skinned for inquiring about his 'confrontational tone'|
Reporter: Governor, do you think this sort of confrontational tone can increase your odds of getting this through the legislature?
Christie: You know, Tom, you must be the thinnest-skinned guy in America 'cause you think that's a confrontational tone, then you should really see me when I'm pissed. That's not confrontational. You know, I love when people say they don't want to have argument. That's what we were sent here for.
They believe in certain things. They believe in bigger government, higher taxes, and more spending. Here it is! Bigger government, higher taxes, more spending. I believe in less government, lower taxes, and in empowering local officials who are elected by their citizens to be able to fix their problems. That may lead to a disagreement or two.
Now, I could say it really nicely. I could say it in the way that you all might be more comfortable with. You know, maybe I could go back to the last administration and I could say it in the way that you wouldn't even understand it. But the fact of the matter is, this is who I am, and this is who the people elected.
And so you guys want to continue to talk about this process stuff, about my "tone," my "combativeness." You know, we've got them standing in the doorway of the Senate saying they won't even hold a hearing on an enormously qualified supreme court nominee. But that's not "combative" or "confrontational." Of course not! You know? Only I'm combative or confrontational.
Listen, everybody plays to their part. This is who I am. Like it or not, you guys are stuck with me for four years. And I'm going to say things directly. When you ask me questions, I'm going to answer them directly, straightly, bluntly. And nobody in New Jersey is going to have to wonder where I am on an issue. I think they've had enough of politicians who make them wonder. Cause you know why most of the time they make them wonder, Tom? They make them wonder so they've got an escape hatch. So they have an escape hatch, and I'm not interested in escape hatches.
I came here to govern, not to escape. I came here to govern, not to worry about reelection. I came here to do what people sent me here to do. And so "blunt," "direct," maybe you might say "honest and refreshing." Maybe we could see that in your paper tomorrow.