Protesters converge on Chris Christie's town hall (video)
Credit: Tim Larsen, Governor's Office File Photo
By Matthew Arco | March 13th, 2014 - 11:50am
| More

MOUNT LAUREL – Gov. Chris Christie’s latest town hall was crashed by at least a half dozen protesters who shouted questions at the governor during the event.

At least six people were ejected from the town hall meeting as the governor took questions from residents. The individuals were led out by police as Christie ignored their attempts to catch the governor’s attention.

“This is a coordinated partisan effort,” Christie told the crowd after the first couple of hecklers were ejected.

“I don’t know who these folks are but in the end, understand something,” said Christie, “When people get up and yell and scream and divide, they shut down the discussion.”

A number of the protesters identified with the left-leaning group the New Jersey Working Families Alliance.

"[The governor] needs to be held accountable for his actions," said 21-year-old Leah Ly, who was among the protesters ejected from the event.

She said the governor needs to be held accountable "for Bridgegate, for not allocating Sandy funds where he should have and for the fact that we are systematically denying African Americans and Latinos Sandy aid."

Another protester led out of the town hall by police, 19-year-old Rowan University student Michael Brein, said he shouted out because he knew Christie wouldn't call on him based on the way he was dressed.

“They don’t want an answer from me,” said Christie, who told the first heckler to “either sit down and keep quiet or get out.”

“If they wanted an answer from me they’d wait and ask a question,” Christie said.

The governor declared the hecklers were only interested in gaining the attention of the press who attended the town hall.

Here’s video of one of the exchanges.

The Back Room

Christie defends himself in NH

Zapped by the DNC on his way into New Hampshire this afternoon, Gov. Chris Christie defended his economic record while wooing NH voters for the second time in little more than a month, according to the Associated Press.

Read More >

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 31st

  Christie to Newark hecklers: 'I've spent as much time in Newark as anyone else' BELMAR - Gov. Chris Christie's got nothing but love for The Brick City, or so he says. In response to a Newark school student here today -- a 17-year-old president of the Newark Student Union...

Op-Ed

The health of New Jersey's women is not Chris Christie's priority

By Linda Stender At his most recent town hall, Gov. Chris Christie accused his predecessors of "monkeying with the math" when it comes to their handling of our state's economy. But as the old saying goes, when the governor points a finger, he... Read More >

Contributors

(7-30-14) Who Is Best Equipped to Decide the Fate of the Common Core? - The latest Christie controversy surrounds his Executive Order to revamp the state’s academic... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »
The Perry-Paul Debate is Healthy for the GOP – and for America  The foreign policy debate in the media between prospective GOP Presidential candidates Texas Governor Rick Perry and... more »
(Washington DC)-- Two recent votes on Capitol Hill suggest an overdue and radical departure from our nation's Draconian and costly War on Drugs.  It's a long-overdue discussion (and not just... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Go to Mayor [Cory] Booker and ask him if he thinks in the years that he was mayor if I ignored Newark. The fact is I've spent as much time in Newark as anyone else." - Gov. Chris Christie

- PolitickerNJ

Poll

Who's right on the bail reform special session?:

Blogroll

Visit the PolitickerNJ.com/resources page for links to the best collection of information on New Jersey state government.

 

  • Polls
  • The best blogs
  • Columnists
  • State election results
  • Assembly election results
  • Local party websites
  • And more.

PolitickerNJ.com/resources