Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) defended himself Wednesday over a tense exchange with a Chicago Cubs fan at a Cubs-Brewers game Sunday in Milwaukee.
Speaking at an event in Trenton, New Jersey, Wednesday afternoon, CBS News reported, Christie told the audience that his handling of the incident was better than other possible alternatives and that he won't allow hecklers to affect his choice of outings.
"I didn't dump the nachos on him or anything, which was an option," Christie said. "No, I'm not swearing off baseball games in any way."
Christie also explained that, as a public servant, he is used to people making crass remarks; but to him, one is enough.
"I will take a certain amount of abuse," Christie said. "You're a public official, you have to. But usually it's one. You get one shot to call me a name or curse me out."
The Republican governor was making his way to his seat at the game on Sunday, cradling a bowl of nachos, when Cubs fan Brad Joseph yelled at him from 30 feet away, telling the Republican governor that he "sucked."
"When he initially was going up the stairs I yelled his name. He was already quite a bit past me, and 30 feet away I yelled his name and told him that he sucked," Joseph told reporters. "I called him a hypocrite because I thought it needed to be said."
Christie quickly turned around to confront Joseph, and according to Joseph, the Republican governor told him to have another beer, then called him a "big shot." A bystander caught the end of the confrontation on video and the video was uploaded and shared on social media.
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Christie was at the game in Wisconsin because his son works in the Brewers’ baseball operations department.
A July Quinnipiac poll revealed that Christie, who has served as governor since 2010, is New Jersey's least popular governor ever, with an approval rating of a mere 15 percent. Christie's final term will end in January due to a New Jersey state law dictating that a governor may only serve two terms.