After voting, Christie got into a bit of an argument with a voter who questioned why he didn’t merge His two towns pic.twitter.com/n3AQi3PfBk
— Nick Corasaniti (@NYTnickc) November 7, 2017
According to New Jersey state law, electioneering is prohibited within 100 feet of a polling place. Left undefined, in the Garden State’s code, is the distance that a public official must keep in order to berate a voter.
Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) had us thumbing through the state regulations on that one, we must admit, after mixing it up with a constituent outside his polling site in Mendham Township, NJ. In an exchange captured and posted to Twitter by Nick Corasanti of The New York Times, a voter confronted Christie and asked why, during his eight years in office, he didn’t merge Mendham Township with a neighboring area. Christie said he didn’t have the authority to do so.
“The easiest thing in the world is to stand where you stand and stand on the sidelines and critique,” Christie said.
The governor then suggested that the voter run for office herself to try to make the merger happen.
“[But] that’s too hard,” Christie said. “It’s easier to sit here…and complain.”
The woman walked away. But Chris in Trenton wasn’t through with her yet. Not by a longshot.
“It’s serving folks like you that is really such a unique joy,” the outgoing governor said, calling after the woman. “It really is. You’re fabulous.”
Watch above, via Nick Corasanti.
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