Chris Christie Fired Up At Town Hall, Calls Dem “Arrogant SOB” [POLL/VIDEO]
At his first public event since the Democrats in the Senate and Assembly sent him a state budget that doesn't guarantee a tax cut until January, Governor Christie had some harsh words for some lawmakers during a town hall in Brick Township.
The governor might as well have had his boxing gloves on as he spoke about Senate Budget Committee chair Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen) Tuesday afternoon.
"You have got to be one arrogant SOB to be telling the people of New Jersey, he'll decide when you've been good enough to get some of your own money back" Christie told the crowd.
He was responding to comments Sarlo made earlier in the week, comparing a tax cut the Democrats want to withhold until January to children waiting for cookies on the table, saying "if you're good, you can have it later."
"We need to send him a message and we need to tell him, its not your job to decide whether I deserve my money, give me my tax cut and give it to me now, I earned it" Christie said.
Democrats have set aside $183 million in the budget for the tax cut but said they are withholding it until at least the new year because of lower than projected state revenues.
Christie has vowed to fight with Democrats all summer to get legislators to guarantee a tax cut now.
"If we don't, they will make all sorts of promises that they will give it to you later, we've heard this all before."
So, he's hitting the road, on what he calls the "Christie Summer Tour."
"I am going to travel all over the state and point out to every living, breathing New Jerseyan I can find, that these folks lied to you and to me and I am going to kick their rear ends from one of this state to the other to get your tax cut."
He used one of his familiar phrases he coined last summer as Hurricane Irene approached the Jersey shore.
"Tell these lawmakers to get the hell off the beach and go back to Trenton and vote for a tax cut."
As the town hall was taking place, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) issued a statement.
"His irresponsible demand for an immediate implementation of a plan that won't take effect for another six months appears to be motivated by his desire to sell a political tale to a national Republican audience, even if it puts New Jersey's finances at risk. He's acting like mortgage speculator trying to sell a high-risk deal that produces immediate political profit for him, but leaves New Jersey taxpayers holding the bag."
A state budget must be signed by the June 30th deadline. Christie heads to Bergen County today, holding a town hall in Mahwah.
Courtesy Governor's Office