Christie gets in Cubs fan’s face — ‘I told him that he sucked’
MILWAUKEE — Gov. Chris Christie confronted a Cubs fan at Sunday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers — calling the fan a "big shot" in a moment captured on camera.
According to WISN 12, which first aired footage of the confrontation, the moment came after the crowd gave the governor a hard time. Brad Joseph had been part of that crowd.
"When he initially was going up the stairs I yelled his name," Joseph told the station. "He was quite a bit passed me, and 30 feet away I yelled his name and told him that he sucked. ... I called him a hypocrite because I thought it needed to be said. He turned around back towards me and got in my face for what seemed like a long time, but was probably only about 30 seconds or a minute. (He) was yelling at me. First he told me, 'Why don't you have another beer?' which I thought was a decent come back, and I thought that was kind of funny. Then he started calling me a tough guy."
It's not the first time Christie has experienced friction at a baseball game. Two weeks ago, sitting along the first-base line near the Mets’ dugout, the governor made a left-handed catch of a foul off the bat of Paul DeJong in the third inning. He got up and high-fived a couple of fans around him, including a fan who had been running down the aisle in hopes of grabbing the ball himself.
As some of the crowd booed, Christie handed the ball to a boy sitting a couple rows behind him. A video on MLB.com showed Christie signing the ball for the young boy.
Dan McLaughlin on Fox Sports West couldn’t resist a dig at the governor on the Cardinals’ broadcast of the game.
“Nice to see him get from the beach here from the ballpark,” McLaughlin said.
— With prior reporting by Dan Alexander