BORDENTOWN TOWNSHIP, NJ (CBSNewYork/AP) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he doesn’t regret calling a former Navy SEAL an “idiot” during a heated exchange at a recent public event.
Christie’s comment capped off the two-minute exchange with 34-year-old William Brown at a town hall-style event Thursday.
Brown, a former Democratic candidate for state Assembly, challenged the Republican governor’s plan to merge two public universities, Rutgers and Rowan.
Brown is a law student at the Rutgers-Camden campus who opposes the plan, and he interrupted Christie several times before being escorted out.
Christie defended his comment Monday, saying: “He acted like an idiot. He’s an idiot. I don’t have any regret about it at all.”
Christie says he honors the Mount Laurel man’s military service, but that “doesn’t give him the right to be a jerk.”
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