Christie defends calling NY Daily News reporter a 'dope'
SEA BRIGHT â€“ Gov. Chris Christie says heâ€™s not worried in the least about anything The New York Times op-ed page has to say, arguing that any Republican who would be distressed is sure to be in a â€śconstant state of crisis.â€ť
The governor responded to a Maureen Dowd piece Wednesday in which The New York Timesâ€™ columnist wrote American voters â€ślike to elect nice guys, not belittling blowhards.â€ť
Dowd, writing in response to the governorâ€™s recent criticism of a New York Daily News reporterâ€™s back-and-forth with Jetsâ€™ coach Rex Ryan, argued Christie needs to solve his â€śtemperament problemâ€ť before stepping out on the national stage.
â€śIâ€™m not running for anything nationally, so why should I care about that?â€ť responded Christie to a question from a reporter on Dowdâ€™s position that the New Jersey governor should keep his â€śshouting in checkâ€ť if he wants to be president.
â€śI think folks around here know that I am willing to take as well as I give,â€ť he said. â€śI didnâ€™t wake up this morning worried and petrified about what Maureen Dowd on the op-ed page of The New York Times thinks about me.
â€śIf you wake up as a Republican and worry about what the op-ed page of The New York Times thinks about you, you are going to be in a constant state of crisis.â€ť
Christie defended his calling the New York Daily News reporter â€śa dope,â€ť saying he is free in expressing his opinion. He added the newspaper was well within its right to express its opinion when it referred to the New Jersey governor as â€śfatsoâ€ť in a recent headline.
â€śI donâ€™t worry about this stuff. Whenever you express opinions in this world, other people have opinions about your opinions, and thatâ€™s OK,â€ť he said. â€śSo, you know, I thought a particular reporter was a dope, I said so, and I heard him on the radio today â€¦ and he seems like a very nice young man, a dope nonetheless, but a nice young man.â€ť