Updated 2:34 p.m. ET, 3/13/2014
Mount Laurel, New Jersey (CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's town hall Thursday was repeatedly interrupted by what appeared to be a coordinated effort by hecklers, four of whom took turns shouting at the governor when other audience members tried to ask questions.
The first protester stood up about 35 minutes into the event and hollered at the governor from across the room about Superstorm Sandy relief aid.
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After about half a minute, a fed-up Christie turned to the young man and tried to shut him down.
"Either sit down or keep quiet, or get out," the Republican governor said. "Either one. We're done with you."
As the man continued to belt out his complaints, members of the audience booed and tried to drown him out. He was then escorted out of the room by police at the Mount Laurel event.
He was part of a group that told reporters they were from Rowan University in New Jersey, and they came to the event to hold the governor accountable, though they didn't elaborate on their particular grievances.
At least one of the hecklers was affiliated with the liberal group New Jersey Working Families, the group confirmed.
"Working families everywhere are outraged by the pattern of abuse and cronyism that has come to light since Bridgegate, and the New Jersey Working Families Alliance will continue to hold this Governor accountable for an Administration run amok,” the group's director, Analilia Mejia, said in a statement.
A second heckler, who interrupted another question from an audience member, blasted the governor's administration and accused him of using tax dollars to hire "crooks and liars." She was also escorted out by police, as were two other hecklers who tried to disrupt the event.
The governor ignored all three.
Christie, who's now held 113 town halls, is no stranger to confrontations at his events. Before each town hall, he warns the audience that he knows how to ignore shouting, as he jokingly refers to the fact that he has four children.
The governor told the audience the protesters were part of "a coordinated, partisan effort" and indicated he was aware they may show up. He went on to accuse the media of giving them publicity.
"These folks who come in here today, ginned up for their own partisan purposes, they're getting exactly what they want," he said. "What they want is attention. They want partisan political attention from a media that's hungry to give it to them."
The governor argued that their tactics are the kind of activity that cause political divisiveness.
"When people just stand up and yell and scream and divide, then it just shuts down debate and discussion," he said.
Christie has famously fired back at combative audience members in the past. Two years ago, he made headlines when he got into a heated argument with a law school student and Iraq war veteran. The back-and-forth ended with the governor calling the student an "idiot."
All four hecklers Thursday walked out of the building without incident and left before the town hall ended.
Otherwise, the event largely focused on questions about property taxes, pension reform, health care, education, and gun laws.
As with his three other town halls this year, no one asked a question about the George Washington Bridge controversy.
Christie's administration is facing both federal and state investigations over allegations that some of his aides closed access lanes to the nation's busiest bridge last September to punish the mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey, for not endorsing Christie's re-election.
The governor has denied knowing anything about the gridlock until after it occurred and has said he knew nothing about any political mischief by members of his administration. But the controversy has put a cloud over Christie's political future.