FLEMINGTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spoke his mind this week as he answered a question from a 3-year-old boy at a Hunterdon County town hall meeting, saying he was “ready to get rid of this damn snow.”
As WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reported, a cute kid gets the microphone and asks about a subject every once in a while during the public question-and-answer portion of one of Christie’s town hall meetings.
At Christie’s 115th town hall meeting on Thursday in Flemington, that honor went to a 3-year-old boy named Samuel.
Christie asked Samuel’s name and how old he was, and then Samuel got to ask a question that everyone has been daydreaming about lately.
“It’s getting warm,” Samuel said. “Are you excited to go to the New Jersey beach?”
“Come here,” Christie said. “I am excited to go to the Jersey Shore, Samuel. And I think like everybody else I am ready to get rid of this damn snow, Samuel.”
In the adult portion of the town hall meeting, some words stronger than “damn” may have been on some people’s minds. Eleven people at the town hall wore white t-shirts with letters spelling out “B-R-I-D-G-E-G-A-T-E-?”
Gov. Christie didn’t call on them, but did take a question from Fred Canter of Mountain Lakes, Putney reported.
Canter asked Christie why he said he fired former top aide Bridget Anne Kelly for lying about whether she knew about the lane closures, instead of for engaging in what Canter said was a potentially illegal act.
“What I said the day afterwards was that I can’t have somebody work for me who lies to me,” Christie replied.
The governor said his marathon news conference in January was about him saying it was wrong.
“If she’d told me the truth, she would have got fired too because of what she did,” said Christie. “The offense, first and foremost, is not being honest with the person you’re working for. The secondary offense was if she had been honest and told me, yeah she would’ve been fired anyway.”
Kelly was fired in January after emails revealed she set a traffic jam plot in motion with an email message, “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.”
Canter on Thursday told the governor he should have fired Kelly for tying up traffic that delayed school buses and emergency vehicles.
It’s the first time the governor has been asked by a citizen at a town hall about the plot to block traffic near the George Washington Bridge.
Christie said he’s looking forward to finding out the truth about the event.
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