Buono “Attacks” Christie’s Weight – Is He Being a Crybaby? [POLL/VIDEO]
I remember back during the last gubernatorial campaign, then Governor Jon Corzine, having an abysmal record to go on, leveled a veiled attack at then candidate Christie, saying he “throws his weight around” accompanied by an unflattering shot of Christie during a campaign stop.
You may be thinking of the Governor that, “he can dish it out, but he can’t take it!”, especially when it comes to something like his weight, which by his own admission is an issue he’s struggled with for number of years.
That was my first impression too.
Here’s a report on Buono’s comments regarding the Governor, specifically regarding the “Stronger than the Storm” campaign in which he and his family appeared.
Gov. Chris Christie believes his opponent in this year’s gubernatorial race, state Sen. Barbara Buono, made allusions to his weight during a recent campaign event — and he isn’t happy about it.
“It is unfortunate that Sen. Buono has decided to go down the same path as Gov. (Jon) Corzine did in making comments derisively about my physical appearance,” Christie said today at an event at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark.
Christie, who had lap-band weight loss surgery earlier this year, was responding to a question about an online video that shows Buono at a campaign stop joking that images of the governor “frolicking on the beach” in his “Stronger than the Storm” television commercials do not make her want to go to the Shore.
Christie compared his Democratic opponent’s comments to commercials Gov. Jon Corzine aired four years ago that referred to the overweight Christie “throwing his weight around.”
“I am very disappointed that she has decided to go down that road,” Christie said of Buono. “For me and for other folks across New Jersey — many folks — who are challenged by their weight the fact that someone running for governor would make derisive comments about someone’s physical appearance is really beneath the office that she’s seeking. I’m disappointed that she’s done it.”
A spokesman for Buono’s campaign denied the candidate was making fun of Christie’s weight.
“Gov. Christie seems to think that everything is about him. First, he defended his starring role in a federally funded ad campaign as absolutely essential to storm recovery. Now, as businesses question the effectiveness of the campaign, he says that anyone who dares to question him is somehow attacking his weight. It’s time for the governor to toughen up and face the facts: his bluster and self-promotion have left business owners and residents across the state with one of the worst economies in the nation,” David Turner, a spokesman for the Buono campaign, said in a statement.
Turner also included a definition of “frolic” from the Merriam-Webster dictionary.
“How does this have anything to do with the Governor’s weight? Absolutely nothing. In fact, it implies someone is spry and fully of activity,” Turner said.
The Governor has take to calling out some with whom he’s taken issue as “idiots”, “numbnuts” and the like. It looks like that’s the nerve she may have hit.
However, she didn’t need to go there. It’s what we call a “cheap shot.” It shows her campaign is not too different than that of the former Governor’s.
However, how do you feel the Governor comes off in this?
Is he being a crybaby; or is he right in that criticizing his weight is off limits?