First on CNN: DNC puts out new web video against Christie
January 10th, 2014
11:29 AM ET
8 months ago

First on CNN: DNC puts out new web video against Christie

Washington (CNN) – The Democratic National Committee, which has been blasting New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for weeks over the bridge scandal, is releasing a new web video Friday, accusing him for creating a vitriolic culture among his staff.

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"Chris Christie fired a top staffer citing his 'callous' tone. Christie argued that this was not reflective of the culture he's created in his office. But, over the last four years this 'callous indifference' is exactly the tone we have seen over and over again from Christie," said Michael Czin, press secretary for the DNC.

The ad showcases a series of clips of the brash Governor getting in tense arguments with voters and reporters in the past.

It ends with footage from Thursday's press conference in which Christie said he was "disturbed by the tone and behavior and attitude–callous indifference–that was displayed in the emails."

As he's talking, the DNC inserted words on the screen that read: "Governor, the tone is set at the top."

At the press conference, Christie hit back at characterizations that was a "bully."

"I have very heated discussions and arguments with people in my own party and on the other side of the aisle," he said. "I feel passionately about issues. And I don't hide my emotions from people."

"But I am not a bully," he later added.


Filed under: Chris Christie • DNC • New Jersey
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    "But I am not a bully," he later added.
    -------------------------
    Nah, he's just a guy who's prone to hyperventilating a little louder than most folks.

    January 10, 2014 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  2. A Kickin' Donkey

    Can we find a clip where Tony Soprano says something like "Chrissie" [Kris-toe-fur] is the future of this family to make the point that the Governors modus operandi is more like a mafia-don's heavy hand that that of the kind of nuanced leader the world expects from America? Christies. " east coast" way is what will cost him in the GOP primaries in Iowa, South Carolina, Florida, etc. He's too much of a Yankee for the South

    January 10, 2014 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    You are a bully and a coward for throwing YOUR people under the bus and not owning up to this "callous" behavior. I find it hard to believe that your deputy chief of staff took it upon herself to hurt the people of Ft. Lee during an election season. That order either came from your chief of staff or YOU!!! Man up!

    January 10, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  4. Hector Slagg

    Ha, Ha,
    No doubt the Liberal's/Progressives are scared of Christi. Too soon to tell but if Christi were elected president all those Liberal's will have to live with their "Programs" Probably mostly Food Stamps, unemployment and welfare checks. Well they have 3 years to prepare, bite the bullet or see what the bottom looks like.

    January 10, 2014 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  5. Silence DoGood

    It is a little bit of hype to label it "callous indifference" but I like putting that notion out there in voters minds. A conservative leader that tends to project that will allow radical right wing groups to be emboldened to come out with domestic terrorism both in words and in actions.

    January 10, 2014 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  6. Tampa Tim

    Hector – I hate to be the bearer of bad news for you, but Krispy was never going to make it out of the primaries. Your base would never accept anyone who hugged President Obama.

    January 10, 2014 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  7. John, PA

    Jay Leno said it best: 'Now That Christie Is Denying Everything He Sounds Even More Presidential'

    January 10, 2014 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Hector wrote:

    ".... ... Well they have 3 years to prepare, bite the bullet or see what the bottom looks like."
    ----------------
    Actually, Americans has already caught a glimpse of what the bottom look like, courtesy of the Bush administration.

    January 10, 2014 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. Randy, San Francisco

    When criminal charges are filed against Gov Christie's subordinates, expect some of them to agree to a plea bargain with the prosecutor for a lighter sentence and point an accusing finger at the governor.

    January 10, 2014 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    @hectoe, hector, hector slagg, you don't seem to realize that the South has the biggest percentage of people on food stamps, unemployment and welfare checks.
    These are the same fools who keep voting rethug and teaklan because they are too brain dense to realize they ARE a BIG part of the 47% the twit put down as leeches. The on,y thing he got wrong was that these people probably voted for him.
    As far as the big gov of NJ, he called a veteran an idiot, he intimidated a man on the jersey boardwalk, and he fired the teacher of the year (I believe). He also likes to swear at his constituents when they disagree with him.
    The biggest "laugh" was him saying to a woman heckler at a twit rally, "you know, something may be going down tonight, but it ain't going to be jobs, sweetheart." That was uncalled for from a politician and a gentlemen but he's only of the above.
    He's throwing everyone under the bus or he can just sit on them and choke them!

    January 10, 2014 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    @hector, hector, hector slagg, you don't seem to realize that the South has the biggest percentage of people on food stamps, unemployment and welfare checks.
    These are the same fools who keep voting rethug and teaklan because they are too brain dense to realize they ARE a BIG part of the 47% the twit put down as leeches. The on,y thing he got wrong was that these people probably voted for him.
    As far as the big gov of NJ, he called a veteran an idiot, he intimidated a man on the jersey boardwalk, and he fired the teacher of the year (I believe). He also likes to swear at his constituents when they disagree with him.
    The biggest "laugh" was him saying to a woman heckler at a twit rally, "you know, something may be going down tonight, but it ain't going to be jobs, sweetheart." That was uncalled for from a politician and a gentlemen but he's only of the above.
    He's throwing everyone under the bus or he can just sit on them and choke them!

    January 10, 2014 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  12. RomneyWho

    And they all fall down! :(

    January 10, 2014 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  13. S.B. Stein

    Christie doesn't have the temperament to be president. To belittle those that don't agree with you in the rude and callous way that he has worries me. What if he does that with a foreign leader or a member of Congress? That could spell disaster for cooperation with others. He hasn't learned to be the administrator that a governor is susposed to be.

    January 10, 2014 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  14. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    @Marie MD

    Don't forget the Big Boy also put an end to the ARC Tunnel Project when he took office. It was a desperately needed rail tunnel under the Hudson River connecting NY and NJ. Not enough rush hour trains get through the existing tunnels, which are 100 years old. This genius caused thousands of people to get laid off and hurt mass transit. He could have helped minimize traffic congestion between NY and NJ, but it seems as though traffic congestion is something he is really, really good at!

    January 10, 2014 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |