Christie: ‘All these armchair psychiatrists should give it a break’

March 3, 2016

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks in a press conference at the State House in Trenton, New Jersey, March 3, 2016. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

 

Chris Christie is still under fire. Two days after social media erupted with ridicule over his stone-faced Super Tuesday appearance with Donald Trump, New Jersey’s largest newspaper called on Christie to resign as governor.

In an editorial published today, the Star-Ledger said Christie “had made it abundantly clear that governing New Jersey is a distant second priority for him.”

Christie responded at a press conference in Trenton today. The governor dismissed the unflattering flurry, saying that as he was at a news conference rather than a rally it was appropriate for him to be listening – not smiling or cheering.

“All these armchair psychiatrists should give it a break,” he told the media. “I want everybody to know, for those who were concerned: I wasn’t being held hostage. I wasn’t upset. I wasn’t angry. I wasn’t despondent. I wasn’t anything other than happy we had done as well as we had done that night and listening to someone give a press conference in front of the national press corps.”

Christie’s explanation may not, however, be enough to deflect media criticism of his decision to support Trump. “His craven endorsement of Donald Trump is only the final blow, the moment when he lost any last shred of credibility,” said the Star Ledger editorial “His fulsome praise of Trump, after his stinging condemnations only a few weeks ago, is impossible to believe.”

Earlier this week, six Gannett-owned newspapers in New Jersey also called for Christie’s resignation in a jointly published editorial.

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu and Amy Tennery.)

 

 

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