Is It Fair for the Media to Compare Chris Christie to Tony Soprano?
At a recent event marking the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie had strong words for a heckler, which the media has already replayed and criticized dozens of times.
"So, listen. You want to have the conversation later, I'm happy to have it, buddy. But until that time, sit down and shut up!" Christie shouted.
On "Media Buzz", Howard Kurtz noted that the media used to swoon over Christie's brashness and authenticity, but now it seems to be a liability for the potential 2016 presidential candidate.
The Fort Lee lane closure scandal, also known as Bridgegate, caused a seismic shift in how the media covered Christie, Rich Lowry said.
Yet, amid criticism, the fiery Christie has not backed down, which seems to have given more ammunition to his detractors.
Kurtz pointed out that David Axelrod recently said that Christie uses a "'Sopranos' approach to politics," and The New York Daily News published a story featuring an image of Christie morphing into Tony Soprano.
Is this comparison fair? Kurtz asked.
Mark Hannah said that Christie's volatile temperament doesn't make him dissimilar from the iconic mob boss played by the late James Gandolfini, which is what much of the country imagines when they think of New Jersey.
He added that a move to the national political stage will be the presidential hopeful's biggest challenge.
"When you're faced with a heckler, you can't heckle back," Hannah said. "You have to respect the voters, even if they don't respect you."
Watch more above and see a video of the full confrontation between Christie and the heckler below.