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. L

    I love how the left preaches tolerance but has no issue picking on someone's weight.

    August 27, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  2. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Christie will get the Jon Huntsman treatment from the Guns Over People Partial Government Shutdown Tea potty.They love the Obamacare hustle runner Rapheal Cruz.

    August 27, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  3. Catori

    Congratulations New York Daily News. You are as much of an idiot as fatso.

    August 27, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. CarlosDangerous

    He is fat. What's the problem?

    August 27, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    @L: "I love how the left preaches tolerance but has no issue picking on someone's weight."

    The Daily News is a rightwing rag ...

    August 27, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  6. sparky

    I saw christie on tv at the little league world series most of his stomach was below his belt don t know how his wife gets to his junk

    August 27, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. sly

    Hard to believe, but Fatso knows less about football than politics. Mr. Lard should study football some day, and he may be surprised that when owners pay a QB $10 million a year, they sometimes like to play them 1 quarter.

    August 27, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. w1wag

    Definition of Bully = Christie

    August 27, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    Christie has once again crossed the fine line between "being assertive" and and just plan "being an [insert first syllable of previous adjective here]".

    August 27, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    Christie's behavior reminds me of my kids when they get hungry ...

    August 27, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  11. Gurgy

    Is this fatty acid vying for WH?????? Silly.

    August 27, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. Triple Decker

    Instead of fatso it would be better to say girth challenged, orbitally challenged, got the munchies challenged, can't stop stuffing my face challenged. Not matter what you call him he is fat, putting a "so" on the end changes nothing. All I know is if there ever came a day when I couldn't see my goodies I would lose weight, but that will never happen and I am already 44. It is a sad day when any human being can't climb over a five foot fence without falling, you better be 70+ years old. This is what happens when you live in a world where you are your own guide. If he had to run how far could he get before the heart attack kicked in?
    I always feel bad for fat kids when I see their parents are fat too. Gee your kid is fat because you do the shopping and have no control yourself. My son is like me trim and lightly muscled, why, because I encouraged good eating and exercise when he was younger, he is 19. When did humans become so weak? Sure, all the tools are out there to make you fat it's up to you to say no.

    August 27, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  13. Ben

    The Daily news is not a left leaning paper.

    August 27, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  14. HenryB

    Next thing he will walk up to Angela Merkel from Germany and call her ugly, which may be true but likely not how she would care to be addressed.

    August 27, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  15. Wake up People!

    CNN.....
    I know about Christy's favorite football team, I know he had lap band surgery and I know a few other inconsequential things about him. What I don't know are his policies and whether they are working in NJ.....

    Could you please elaborate if you don't mind?

    August 27, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  16. Doubtful

    Meanwhile, Obama gears up for war over a stupid red line remark....

    August 27, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  17. menotyou

    Funny, women get called fatso and a lot worse on a daily basis and somehow THAT'S acceptable.

    August 27, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  18. joeNYC

    If Chris loses all the weight, he will just be Chris. No longer fatso.

    Unfortunately though, the unintelligent can't grow intelligence. So the rest of them will always be stupid.

    August 27, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  19. MTATL67

    It's just a game Christie....get over it.

    August 27, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  20. Me

    Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    The GOP has to go!!!!! The American people are sick an tired of the GOP morons in the house of not paying the bills they rang up. They are going to lose the house in 2014 in spite of their vote rigging and gerrymandering , even responsible republicans won't vote for them.
    __________________
    The GOP is the only thing holding America together. Can you imagine the damage if we gave Obama and company a blank check, we would be bankrupt in months!! You are going to be in for a rude awakening in 2014!!!

    August 27, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. Steve_Denver

    Way to stay classy, murcoch. Why anybody buys his trash is beyond me.

    August 27, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  22. Steve_Denver

    Murdoch, I meant.

    August 27, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  23. manny

    He is fat and a heart attack waiting to happen.

    August 27, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  24. KAREN SALELY

    Unprofessional. Are elementary children running this newspaper?

    August 27, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  25. Tam

    Triple Decker. really? You went from fat republicans to fat kids. Congrats that you are healthy. Instead of being negative about what other people are doing for their kids, why dont you start a website teaching them how to shop. Or a site that helps kids understand that activity other than channel surfing is a better hobby. IF you not part of the solution your part of the problem.

    August 27, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
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