Newspaper fires back after Christie unleashes on reporter
August 27th, 2013
01:52 PM ET
8 months ago

Newspaper fires back after Christie unleashes on reporter

(CNN) - Chris Christie has been clear he's no fan of reporters.

But after he called one an "idiot" on Monday, one newspaper fired back.

"Who you calling an idiot, fatso!" blared the headline of the New York Daily News.

The banner was backed up by one of paper's columnists, Mike Lupica, who said Christie should "pick on someone his own size" rather than Daily News a sports writer.

"Manesh Mehta is an idiot. The guy is a complete idiot, self-consumed, underpaid, reporter," Christie said Monday while guest hosting a New York sports program on WFAN radio.

Mehta and other reporters questioned the New York Jets' decision to play quarterback Mark Sanchez in the fourth quarter of a Sunday night pre-season game, when he suffered a shoulder injury. He was put in to relieve the team's rookie quarterback, who played the first three quarters of that matchup with the New York Giants.

Christie said on the show that the conversation shouldn't be about Mehta, and rather "it should be about the Sanchez decision and we shouldn't be giving this dope the amount of airtime we've given him already."

But Christie wasn't done.

"Let's give him a nickname - what do you want, M&M?" he was asked.

Christie replied: "The Dope."

The Daily News responded, "Gov's random attack on News' Jets scribe makes HIM the 'dope.'"

The collumnist suggested that maybe Christie was siding with the Jets coach over the reporter because "they both have undergone lap-band surgery the past couple of years, maybe it's some kind of Lap-Band of Brothers deal."

– CNN's Gregory Wallace contributed to this report


Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
soundoff (87 Responses)
  1. Freedom Fascist

    What is the illuminati's interest in this walking big mac? seriously, reminds me of obama's ascension to power. No one knows who he is until...BOOM...one day he's our Adolph Hitler. Unreal. This cheeseburger is up to something.

    August 27, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. iceload9

    If he's name calling about a football game, what happens if he has to face real pressure (like his belt)? I know, I know that was no class and unneeded.

    August 27, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. Joe

    Christine sounds like a white trash red neck, not a serious presidential candidate

    August 27, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. Another Voice

    It sure would be nice if those that want to be the leaders in this country set examples of class and civility instead of trying to appeal to the lowest common denominator. Trashiness, boorishness and sleaziness are not really qualities I would prefer my children aspire to.

    August 27, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. Mark

    Is that what we have come to? I used to think that vile garbage was easiest to find here. Now we find it spilling into more open forums. This name calling is juvenile at best. I'd expect it of kids not elected leaders.

    August 27, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  6. kirk

    A guy who exchanges pop shots with a reporter is not a man worthy ofvghe oval office, more proof he can't control what goes in or comes out of his mouth. Enough said

    August 27, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  7. Mike

    I love Chris Christie.......tell all those muckrakers to go to hell.......Christie can lose weight.......the dopes will always be dopes....

    August 27, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  8. Pander Bear

    Wow. This is incredibly important stuff. So glad that cutting edge investigative journalism is alive and well.

    August 27, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. fred

    I would NEVER vote for Christie – NEVER – I do not trust him

    August 27, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. Sandra

    Sounds like a lot of people need sensitivity training. Name calling is not a good tool to use to point out mistakes.

    August 27, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. LMM1062

    Mike Lupica is a well-known moron.

    August 27, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. Bill

    What a juvenile response from the newspaper. Playground crap.

    August 27, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  13. Joel Bumpus

    I used to be a big fan of Christie. I love his straight-talking style - it's a breath of fresh air. But this is not the first time he's called a reporter an idiot. It's getting old, and it's not presidential. He comes off as thuggish and a bully.

    August 27, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  14. Greg Smith

    I thought it was the New York Jets, not the New Jersey Jets.

    August 27, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  15. Wake up People!

    Freedom Fascist.....
    Obama's ascension to power?? That sounds like something straight out of the Omen. Forget the tinfoil hat, remove the tinfoil suit.

    August 27, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  16. scarf

    I've never been a Christie fan, but just as I'm warming up to him, he pulls something like this. The problem with American political discussion today is that it's self-consumed with partisanship and personal attacks, and has little to do with policies and principles. By engaging in name-calling (over a non-political issue, no less) Christie is simply showing himself to be like all the the rest of our political "leaders." At least he's doing something about his weight. Now, he needs to get some counseling for his personal behavior. You can tell it like it is without being insulting, but it requires effort that Christie apparently doesn't have the energy for.

    August 27, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  17. Larry L

    I recommend "Freedom Fascist" check in with Alex Jones for some fresh conspiracies.

    I'll point out that Hitler was white, Christian, loved a strong military, hated gay pepole, and hated minorities. Heck, if alive today he could win the Repub;ican primary in any of the red states.

    August 27, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  18. Eli

    See, even the "good" republicans are large (in this case quite large) children.

    August 27, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  19. jonp

    You would at least expect journalists to take the high road.
    We are in a new era of yellow journalism.
    Standards have fallen hard.
    Get your news from media outlets like the BBC, Christian Science Monitor, or The Economist.

    August 27, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  20. Tam

    Arun the repubs do not want him for president. That party does not even respect him because he is unbias and supports the people like he is suppose to. I am not a Republican. I love Christie. He has been a man about his people and state. He has been making great changes trying to turn New Jersey into something other than the dumpster that it is. I applaud him because he is trying to work with ALL people.

    August 27, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  21. kirk

    Makes you wonder what would come out of his mouth if he had to face the criticism Obama did

    August 27, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. cnnife

    Replying to Freedom Fascist: "reminds me of obama's ascension to power. No one knows who he is until...BOOM...one day he's our Adolph Hitler"
    Isn't it ironic that haters will spin anything to insult the POTUS. What does this article has to do with the president?

    August 27, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  23. rc roeder

    too Larry L ... I love the comment, and if Jesus were alive he probably would have been a liberal

    August 27, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  24. Larry Love

    Nothing like a good old fashioned war of words (amongst apparent tweens)

    August 27, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  25. sawtooth

    It's hard to be humble when your right, reporters are mostly dopes

    August 27, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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