When Gov. Chris Christie is not getting some sun, sand, and waves while going solo on a closed beach, well apparently he can be found in the radio airwaves picking a fight with a ‘pesky’ caller.
A week after his infamous trip to a beach that was closed to the public in the face of a government shutdown, the outspoken and sometimes brash governor sat in sports radio icon Mike Francesca’s seat at WFAN to audition for the role- and subjected himself to further criticisms. Some said, in a not so flattering way, that he's “natural” for the job.
Christie mixed it up with frequent program caller “Mike from Montclair” in a heated exchange that Media ITE sarcastically describes as “90 seconds of sports radio gold.”
The governor with an approval rating of 15 percent, at least attempted to talk about New York sports but from the get go, the caller was not interested in talking about sports. Instead, he said: “ Governor, next time you want to sit on a beach that is closed to the entire world except you, you put that fat ass in a car and go to one that’s open to all your constituents.” Christie tried to interrupt in an admonishing tone, but when it wouldn’t work, he gave a punch of his own. Christie shot back: “You know, Mike, I love getting calls from communists in Montclair .”
Mike answered: “You’re a bully. I don’t like bullies.” By this time, there was no stopping Christie. He retaliated: “Listen, I’m not the guy who came on the air, swore on the air. You’re swearing on the air, Mike. You’re a bum.”
The two went on it for over a minute of unintelligible mumbling until feeling the great sports talk-radio ‘host’ that he is, Christie tried to be more enlightening and said: “What matters is what you do.” But then even for that, the caller had a comeback: “What have you done?”
Christie then appeared to have cut off the line of the caller and said: “What I just did is stop polluting the airwaves with a guy like that.”