Christie defends calling NY Daily News reporter a 'dope'
SEA BRIGHT ā Gov. Chris Christie says heās 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 āconstant state of crisis.ā
The governor responded to a Maureen Dowd piece Wednesday in which The New York Timesā columnist wrote American voters ālike to elect nice guys, not belittling blowhards.ā
Dowd, writing in response to the governorās recent criticism of a New York Daily News reporterās back-and-forth with Jetsā coach Rex Ryan, argued Christie needs to solve his ātemperament problemā before stepping out on the national stage.
āIām not running for anything nationally, so why should I care about that?ā responded Christie to a question from a reporter on Dowdās position that the New Jersey governor should keep his āshouting in checkā if he wants to be president.
āI think folks around here know that I am willing to take as well as I give,ā he said. āI didnāt wake up this morning worried and petrified about what Maureen Dowd on the op-ed page of The New York Times thinks about me.
āIf 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.ā
Christie defended his calling the New York Daily News reporter āa dope,ā 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 āfatsoā in a recent headline.
āI donāt worry about this stuff. Whenever you express opinions in this world, other people have opinions about your opinions, and thatās OK,ā he said. āSo, you know, I thought a particular reporter was a dope, I said so, and I heard him on the radio today ā¦ and he seems like a very nice young man, a dope nonetheless, but a nice young man.ā