New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie dealt with a heckler in the governor’s unique “Christie-style,” according to an ABC report on Wednesday. The governor was doing a news conference appearance along the Jersey Shore to note the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. The man was front and center at the presser, holding a huge sign right in front of the governor – and that got Christie on a verbally-blasted heated roll.
The heckler was identified as 43-year-old James Keady. While Christie is a Republican, Keady is a Democrat. He is also said to be a former Asbury Park city councilman. The huge sign he was holding right in front of Christie said: “Stay in New Jersey. Finish the Job.” Keady told reporters that he was not put up to his antics by anyone. He claims that he didn’t say anything to set the governor off, maintaining that he only held his sign.
Keady said that he invited the governor for a conversation over a burger and a beer, after Christie verbally attacked him. He suggested that they have their burger, beer, and talk at his family’s bar in Barnegat Light which is an Ocean County borough in New Jersey. Keady said his performance before Christie was to highlight problems with New Jersey’s billion-dollar program to get homeowners displaced by Superstorm Sandy back on their property.
Keady went on to say, “Look, I’m not afraid to take stands. I’ve been an activist my entire life. I’m 6-4, 215 pounds, a former athlete. He tried to do his normal bullying thing to me. His normal routine of bullying old ladies isn’t working with me.”
Christie was also met with a group of protesters at Toms River marina on the Sandy anniversary. Those protesters were from the STOP FEMA NOW organization, according to the Asbury Park Press. He chose to go to the Fischer Boulevard marina because it was an area that encountered extremely heavy damage during the Sandy Superstorm.
Christie had quite a day with his Ebola controversy, as well. Ashoka Mukpo – an Ebola survivor – did his first television interview since he returned home from the hospital. He told CNN’s Don Lemon that he is in extreme disagreement with Gov. Christie’s quarantine policy for health care workers in the state of New Jersey. Mukpo accuses the governor of playing politics. He believes Christie is working with public opinion rather than listening to the medical experts’ advice on the subject.
Christie has also beem challenged by Kaci Hickox who was briefly quarantined in Newark over the past weekend due to Ebola concerns which never formalized. According to the Huffington Post, as far as Hickox suing over her quarantine, Christie abruptly commented to her, “Whatever. Get in line. I’ve been sued lots of times before. Get in line. I’m happy to take it on.” Of course, there are a handful of media outlets, like the Washington Post, who are having a great time taking pot shots at Christie while he deals with the hecklers and the threat of Ebola-related lawsuits. Somehow, as per usual, many believe Christie will come out on top of it all once again. He’s still considered a strong contender for the White House in 2016 – in spite of it all.