Chris Christie may have found his post-politics calling.The outgoing governor was guest-hosting a local sports radio show on Monday when he got into a heated exchange with an irate caller who was no fan of Christie.
“Mike from Montclair” called into WFAN, a New York-based sports radio talk station, to berate the New Jersey governor. Mike went so far as to call him a “fat*ss” on the air. Without missing a beat, Christie responded by calling him a “communist” and a “bum.”
“Governor, next time you want to sit on a beach that is closed to the entire world except you, you put your fata** in a car and go to one that’s open to all your constituents,” Mike from Montclair started.
“Interesting, Mike,” Christie said.
“What’s that, Gov?!” Mike shot back.
“You know, Mike,” Christie said. “I love getting calls from communists in Montclair.”
“You’re a bully, Governor!” Mike yelled. “And I don’t like bullies!”
“You’re swearing on the air, Mike. You’re a bum!” Christie pointed out.
The caller was referring to what is now known as “Beachgate.” The New Jersey governor was photographed over the Fourth of July weekend lounging around at a local beach that was closed to the public due to a government shutdown. The footage caused a major uproar with his constituents and was just the latest in a number of setbacks for the governor, who currently boasts a 15 percent approval rating.
Christie was filling in during the show’s drive time program for Mike Francesca – a sports radio icon who has been hosting for nearly 30 years. The heated exchange over Beachgate wasn’t the only angry call Christie fielded that day. Numerous people called the program to lash out at the unpopular Republican.
The argument with Mike, however, is considered sports radio gold due to the attention it brings. A few more calls like that and Christie may have found a place to land after he leaves the governor’s office at the end of the year.
Side note: Christie’s obesity has been a target for critics (and allies) for years. 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney reportedly passed on Christie as a possible running mate because of his weight. The former Massachusetts governor was described as being taken aback when Christie removed his jacket and revealed his enormous waistline.
An excerpt from Double Down:
“Romney marveled at Christie’s girth, his difficulties in making his way down the narrow aisle of the campaign bus. Watching a video of Christie without his suit jacket on, Romney cackled to his aides, ‘Guys! Look at that!’”