Embattled Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) held a town hall meeting in Port Monmouth on Thursday, and warmed the crowd up with a rundown of his “four rules” for participation in such events. Several anchors at MSNBC saw a message of intimidation in Christie’s fourth rule, “If you give it, you’re going to get it,” but whatever message Christie was trying to deliver with those rules, he cared enough about it to post a Youtube video entitled “The Four Rules” on Tuesday.
During his town hall meeting today, Christie was not asked about the Bridgegate or Hoboken scandals, a fact which several folks at MSNBC attributed to Christie rule number four.
Christie’s first three rules were matters of practicality, advising attendees to wait for the microphone before speaking, to tell him their names, and to pick up on the subtle hints he will drop if a questioner is rambling, and eating up everyone else’s question time. The fourth rule, explained at some length in this video, is essentially the same as the one he delivered today: “If you give it, you are getting it right back.”
That video was shot at a town hall meeting in Long Beach Island last April, but was uploaded to Governor Christie’s Youtube page on Tuesday. It was at that April town hall meeting that Christie responded to critics by calling them “knuckleheads,” and their concerns “bullshit.”
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