OLD BRIDGE, N.J. (AP) -- A teacher is urging New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to tone down his combative personality, warning the potential presidential contender that his temper won't play well across the country.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speakers during a town hall Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Matawan, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

The comment came Tuesday as Christie took questions at a town hall in Old Bridge, New Jersey.

The teacher says she has trouble explaining to her students why it's fine for the governor to use words like "shut up" and "idiot" when they can't.

Christie responded by explaining that people are looking for honestly in their leaders, and he said people will always know where he stands.

The exchange comes a week after a heated confrontation between Christie and a Jersey teacher at another town hall. The governor has been touring New Jersey pressing his proposal to further overhaul the state's pension and health benefit system for public workers, including teachers.

He is weighing a run for the GOP presidential nomination.

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