Fiery Chris Christie: ‘I Am Who I Am, But I Am Not a Bully’
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie fired back at a reporter today who asked him if he felt the George Washington Bridge scandal would continue the narrative that he is a “political bully.”
“I have very heated discussions and arguments with people in my own party and on the other side of the aisle," Christie said. "I feel passionately about issues and I don’t hide my emotions from people. I am not a focus-group-tested, blow-dried candidate or governor. Now, that has always made some people, as you know, uneasy. Some people like that style, some people don’t ... I think you asked me a question after the election, ‘Are you willing to change your style in order to appeal to a broader audience?’ And I think I said no, because I am who I am, but I am not a bully.”
Christie said he believes that people who have worked with him would say he is tough, but willing to compromise and work with others.
He said the conduct displayed in the bridge-related emails is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. He said the best that he can do in that situation is to end that conduct.
“I know that won’t satisfy everybody," Christie said, "but I’m not in the business of satisfying everybody, I’m in the business of trying to satisfy the people who elected me governor.”
Watch his full response above.