Gov. Christie Blasts ‘Jerk’ Assemblywoman Over Chopper Saga Comments

Says Valerie Huttle Was Out Of Line Questioning His Parental Instincts

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — New Jersey’s governor finds himself in the middle of a name-calling controversy, this as he tries to leave behind what some have dubbed “chopper-gate.”

“I mean she should really be embarrassed at what a jerk she is for saying something like that,” Gov. Christie said.

Chris Christie made that comment Thursday about Democratic Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle.

“I am very disappointed that he resorted to name calling. However, I am not surprised since he has a pattern of abusive language towards those who disagree with him,” Huttle told CBS 2’s Christine Sloan.

The governor’s war of words came as he announced he was paying the bill for a state police chopper that flew him and his wife to their son’s baseball game, and then to a political dinner.

Christie was angry over a press release Assemblywoman Huttle had sent out insinuating he cared more about the meeting than his son’s game.

“I also saw an awful comment by Assemblywoman Huttle, who should be ashamed of herself when saying they left in the 5th inning; that shows where Mr. and Mrs. Christie’s priorities are, that they’d rather be with fundraisers from Iowa than see the end of their son’s game,” the governor said.

Sloan then asked Assemblywoman Huttle to clarify her remarks.

Sloan: “You said leaving in the 5th inning to meet with Iowa political donors says something about his priorities. Do you think that was appropriate about his family?”

Huttle: “It was not a personal attack. It was about priorities his scheduling. If he needed to be at son’s game he could have been a little late for the party.”

Political analyst Peter Woolley, who watched Christie’s comment, said both Republicans and Democrats are guilty of crossing the line in Trenton.

“The game gets very personal. The fact is the governor is determined and popular. People take pot shots at him. The difference is the governor takes pots shots back,” Woolley said.

The governor had no comment Friday, but he has said in the past the back-and-forth insults are distractions as lawmakers try to hammer out a budget.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  • rider3

    This guy just gets classier and classier…. Vote him out.

  • Bob Fowler

    Why did Huttle need to offer an opinion, or issue a press release about something so inane? She wasn’t criticizing the use of the chopper, just the fact that Christie left after 5 innings. That comes across as major league petty, but I guess when your resume isn’t strong, you have to throw mud to be noticed.


    Huttle is an ass that will be voted out of office for the plain only reason that she does nothing…..

  • jerseyjoey

    They are all idiots Put in there by lazy new jersey voters to caught up with thier lives to speak out or go vote. You get what you sew and you got SHT and im not just referring to Christie. Hope that Pool or new BBq was worth it yuppies.

  • martin burgisser11400

    This fat slob should take a bike

  • sally d

    Christie is a bully who can dish it out but can’t take it. He fits the profile of most bullies. He was wrong and too arrogant to admit it. If the game was so important why didn’t he reschedule his other meeting to a later time or a different day.
    I don’t think that was an unreasonable comment to make. He is supposed to be working for us and we have a right to ask questions.

    • robert

      Christie is a jerkoff even when he’s right.

  • Larry Schwarz

    Christie owes Assemblywoman Huttle an apology.

  • Larry Schwarz

    Christie is namecalling and throwing mud.What about his own record.People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

  • eric

    What a bunch of childish comments. Get over the vitriol and look at facts. What he did was illegal. What he said it was for was to see the child’s game. Great, but then why leave early to meet with Republiccan high rollers who are coming to convince him to run for a job he doesn’t want?

    He paid the state back. Is that not an admission of wrongful behavior?

    PS: Hugo, I think Ms. Huttle’s mouth is quite good looking.

  • Flynn

    They’re both a couple of A grade Prime A-$$es. Christie should have known better than to use the helicopter like that. It makes him look out of touch with the constituents: Sorry you can’t afford to fill up your gas tank and drive to your kids’ sporting events, now pardon me as I whirlybird my way to my son’s game.

    Total stupidity.

    And Huttle should have left the criticism strictly to the Helicopter gaffe — insinuating Christie put his political career over his family is dangerous territory indeed. Suffice to say the political landscape is full of knuckleheads.

  • nathan

    She baited him but he was dumb enough to take it.

  • RJ

    Huttle you certainly are a JERK. And I am sure I could think of a few more choice words for you too. Looser.

    • Chief

      “loser”, genius

      • fozzy

        Probably “looser” too!

  • Erica Mathis

    Huttle is the only one at fault here. Calling her a jerk is not only a valid and natural response to a hit below the belt family insult, it was tame. I like my politicians less politically correct and more like a normal person.

  • Carol Rosario

    Christie uses his kids for all the mistakes he makes. Remember that they were more important than all his constituents in a major storm. He is the jerk. Using the helicopter for personal use, both the game and the political activities, took the helicopter out of it’s regular functions. This is not okay. If you can’t handle the job, Christie, get lost, jerk.

    • Erica Mathis

      Shut up liberal loser!

  • TGMB

    Huttle’s an idiot Any kid would be far off better with Christie as a parent over Huttle

  • HUGO

    Huttle is a total idiot and a disgrace. She should keep her ugly mouth shut.

  • Robert J Senn


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