Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie unleashed on reporters at his state’s annual media roast on Wednesday, mocking journalists for their coverage of “Bridgegate” and his administration.
“I feel like I owe you an explanation for why we don’t have a video this year. The reason we don’t have a video is we just don’t give a s*** any more,” Christie said to laughs. “The truth of the matter is, we don’t give a s*** about this or any of you.”
Christie then set his sights on the president of the Legislative Correspondents Club, Claude Brodesser-Akner of NJ.com.
“I always love being critiqued by a guy whose journalist background is from, you know, that extraordinary news magazine TMZ,” he said.
He continued: “This is a guy who says he doesn’t know what I’m doing every day…Then just get the f--- away from me then if you don’t know what I’m doing. Every time I turn a corner in New Hampshire or Iowa or any place else, you and that beard are there.”
Christie then offered the reporter one final piece of advice: “Open your eyes and clean the s*** out of your ears and pay attention — then you’ll know what I’m doing.”
While his comments were meant to be humorous, the frustrations with the media are real. Christie told CNBC on Thursday that the media owes him apology for their treatment of him during the George Washington Bridge scandal, saying they held him to a different standard than Hillary Clinton.
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