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Christie Calls Lawmaker 'Arrogant S.O.B.'

Governor gets feisty during town hall meeting in Brick Township

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie branded state Democratic lawmakers liars on Tuesday -- even calling one Bergen County legislator an "S.O.B." -- in the wake of a partisan state budget battle.

Christie vowed to "kick rear ends" to get New Jersey residents a tax cut, appearing at a town hall meeting in Ocean County, the latest stop on his "Jersey Comeback" tour. The governor repeatedly slammed Statehouse Democrats for inaction on his desired 10 percent income tax cuts.

Christie lashed out at State Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-Wood-Ridge), the Democratic chair of the Senate Budget Committee, calling him an "arrogant S.O.B."

The governor took exception to a comment by Sarlo, who said that Democrats were not denying Christie a tax cut, but were instead "putting the cookies on the table and saying 'be good and you can have it later.'"

"He's got to be one arrogant S.O.B. ... to tell the people when they've been good enough [you] get your money back," Christie said.

"I'll fight the fights that are worth fighting," the governor said. "We have a fight on our hands worth fighting now."

An estimated 750 people packed the school gymnasium just four days before the state's fiscal year ends and two days after the Assembly and Senate passed a $31.7 billion 2013 budget on party line votes, with no Republican support.

With the last legislative session before recess scheduled for Thursday, Christie said he'd hound majority Democrats up and down the state all summer if they don't act to reduce residents' tax burden.

"I'm going to point out... that these folks lied," he said. "I'm going to kick their rear ends from one end of the state to the other to get you your tax cut."

Democrats in the Statehouse set aside $183 million in the $31.7 billion spending plan to pay for property tax credits but propose to tie the relief to state revenue figures.

Separate legislation would be needed for the proposed givebacks, but only if the governor's ambitious revenue targets hold through December. Democratic lawmakers have said the state likely cannot afford an across-the-board income tax cut in light of disappointing revenue figures the past few months.

Christie, however, branded legislators as tax-and-spend lawmakers who are not willing to send money back to the residents.

"These Corzine Democrats are all about raising your taxes," he said.

Christie also said he's extended his hand across the aisle to work with Democrats during his tenure, but the current budget process shows him he was "fooled" to think they can work in a bipartisan fashion.

Sen. Barbara Buono, D-Middlesex, said Monday that Christie was playing politics with the budget and failing to lead.

"All the threatening, hostile and inflammatory comments do is escalate tensions rather than defuse them. You get the sense that even as the Senate and Assembly leadership were trying to engage him, the governor was too busy planning his response to even listen," she said on the floor of the Senate.

"The governor remains stubbornly delusional, and sadly, that's been reflected in this budget process," Buono said.

Several members of the public were called upon to speak, with most either praising Christie or asking for his personal help in different matters.

Christie told one Toms River man concerned about the economy that it will be difficult to retain businesses in New Jersey without a lower tax burden. 

"We don't create jobs in government. We create the atmosphere for jobs," Christie said. "We're not going to fix the problem overnight... we need to lower income taxes."

The governor on Wednesday for the next stop on his tour.

Antonio July 03, 2012 at 02:47 AM
10:36 pm on Monday, July 2, 2012 Maria Please, You can't be serious? he is doing his schtick, get over the weight thing, God there are a bunch of snivelling little prebuecent sub adults here. Oh! lets bring back FLIM FLAM Florio, he can ram another 2.8 billion dollar tax hike thru like he did in 1990. ( His Pre election rant) "No New Taxes) how absolutely brilliant. Thought he was a Boxer, but got his face broken from a punch, decided to be a Politician and still got punched out..... Christie has to break new ice, yes he is ugly sometimes but in the end I hope it will pan out for both sides. He could have walked out for the rep. nomination, he didn't, that speaks volumes for me. We will see.
Soviet Immigrant July 03, 2012 at 04:11 PM
These lefits needs to be send for education to N. Korea, Cuba or former Soviet Union. IN all these wonderful places, there are no more rich people, everybody equally miserable and poor (except of course party and gov leaders). No private companies, no production of anything.. And everything is "fair" in leftist terms. MIsery around, free health care translated to NO Care. Surive as best as you can.. When people finally learn anything from history. It is amazing stupidity. Did anybody from leftists thought where government get money to pay to burocrats ? Somebody should produce something. And if gov confiscate 100% of what people earned or owned and waste it, what happens next ? I will tell you what. Gov then create slave labor because nobody want to do anything. Everybody expect crambs from gov.
Soviet Immigrant July 03, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Yes. Agree. And they always act by formula: devide and concure. Devide people based on their "foot" size if they can, but for some it works. Because leftist ideology is a theft ideology for communism. I was brought on it and know from first hand what it teaches and what miseray it brings.. Communizm which promise to pay you by your needs is really social sickness which always ends with dictatorship of "wise" gov burocrats..
rocco July 03, 2012 at 06:19 PM
leave please
Ridgewooder July 07, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Rocco, how about you leave given that we are subsidising you through our disproportionate tax burden
Ridgewooder July 07, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Christie's cancellation of ARC is a mistake of biblical proportions in my opinion.
Ridgewood Mom July 07, 2012 at 02:54 PM
While I don't see much constructiveness in rocco's request that Clarke leave, if it is meant as a means shutting down the dialogue, neither you nor I have any idea how much tax either rocco or clarke pay or how that relates to how much he gets from the government in terms of services. Moreover, even if we knew those things exactly we could not determine the relationship of those things to the question of how much he contributes to society on the simple basis of how much he brings home as income. rocco makes an excellent point, to the degree that he is addressing the alarmist claim that higher paid people leaving will lessen our tax revenue. This idea makes no sense in light of the fact that they are paid highly, largely, on account of the fact that they are here. Consider clarke's figures more fully. $50,000 income after NJ taxes = $48,730. $100,000 income after NJ taxes = $95,756. $250,000 income after NJ taxes = $236,201. $500,000 income after NJ taxes = $470,276. One thing that is painfully obvious, is that a higher income means getting to have more, regardless of taxes. The question of "fairness" - in terms of who ought to get to have how much and why - is entirely unresolved based on considerations of the percentages of larger numbers come to proportionately higher numbers. People with lesser incomes produce goods and services too, and it makes no sense to think that the simple matter of attaining wealth is synonymous with the matter of creating wealth.
Ridgewood Mom July 07, 2012 at 04:27 PM
And what does it say about a subculture of people who interpret bully talk and a lack of willingness to involve oneself in civil dialogue as amusing, or even somehow noble?
Ridgewood Mom July 07, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Christie, and the selective interests that he serves, do not mind property taxes so much because they (not all affluent persons) segregate themselves from the rest of the population in towns with relatively low tax rates. Sort of like ghettos. Besides allowing them to culturally identify as separate from people in other communities, making it easier for them to dehumanize the "other," such communities have the added benefit of serving as property tax shelters by allowing very wealthy persons to pay much lower property taxes then they would be paying if they lived in most of the rest of the state. On the other hand, state taxes tax everyone according to the same tax system which means proportionately more taxes for persons with very high incomes. So cutting state taxes gives a bigger share to persons who are already very wealthy. For such persons, property taxes aren't such an issue.
Ridgewood Mom July 07, 2012 at 05:31 PM
What an superb, "rhetoric" free post!
John Galt July 07, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Ridgewood mom attaining wealth is creating wealth when it's done a voluntary basis, ie not the government taking it under threat of force. Many of NJ's wealthiest people have already left, and more are leaving. We are losing scientists in Pharma, financial folks and other groups due to our high taxes. As "telecommuting" becomes increasingly more robust and cost effective, the trend will continue. Over the past 12 months 20% of my staff moved to 0% income tax states, just yesterday another engineer asked if she could become a "virtual employee" too. We should be embracing policies which attract people to move here, not the other way around. We need to stop embracing class warfare.
Redrider765 July 07, 2012 at 06:34 PM
The only thing biblical about the ARC tunnel would have been the tax hikes necessary to cover the inevitable cost overruns and NJ's portion of the construction projects for a project that NYC should have always been on the hook for.
Ridgewood Mom July 07, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Wealth is not created simply because a person has attained it. Wealth comes from people being engaged in the generation of goods and services, voluntary or not and regardless of whether it is taking place in private or public sectors. Taxation is law. Not paying tax is criminal. If you are serious in presenting a moral argument that taxation is wrong on the basis that it involves a "threat of force," then consistency requires that you apply the same logic to all other crimes. Not paying rents or mortgages, stealing and killing, etc. Or else you are just trying to come up with a way of getting away with something that is quite obviously morally wrong. I agree that we need to stop embracing "class warfare." It is humanely fundamental that we address the basic needs of all members of our shared economy. Particularly we must address the needs of those who are struggling under the current economic climate, rather then giving more to those who have been profiting at everyone else's expense. It is not just those members of the most privileged social classes who should be getting special tax breaks at the expense of everyone else.
William Mays July 07, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Why should NYC be on the hook for it? They aren't the ones that commute into the city. I really don't think that many New Yorkers take public transport into New Jersey.
Ridgewood Mom July 07, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Sure RedRider. Its much better to allow a private corporation to monopolize commuter toll collection into the city, putting money in their own pockets, then for NJ citizens to put money into the government that provides them with services.
Redrider765 July 07, 2012 at 07:27 PM
NYC should be paying for at least half b/c the tunnel is going to NYC, duh. The jobs those people are commuting to are in NYC, duh. The taxes paid by the corporations those people work for go to NYC, duh. The economic activity and jobs that creates also in part is in NYC, duh. Ergo, NYC who also benefits from this tunnel should be on the hook for paying for it.
Redrider765 July 07, 2012 at 08:15 PM
What private corporation collects tolls in the NYC area? The Port Authority is no private corporation, duh.
Jesus Vasquez July 07, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Ten per cent of the tolls should go to my work.
KristieKreme July 07, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Wait a second, with all the lawns you mow in my neighborhood, you seem to be doing just fine!
Ridgewood Mom July 07, 2012 at 10:36 PM
No? :)
BellairBerdan July 07, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Excuse me, Redrider765, but after those people earn that money in NYC duh, where do they go home on the train and spend it all, duh?
Liberty is popular July 08, 2012 at 12:27 AM
I'm not sure that I fully agree with John, but he has a point. Unless it's stolen or taxed, a strong argument can be made income tax is theft, just because a government says its moral doesnt mean it is. Congress can pass a law against gravity, but I assure you that you will not start floating if it did. Wealth acquisition is wealth creation. The only exceptions of money transfer are not are charity or inheritance. You talk about being against class warfare then proceed to engage in it. You talk about the basic needs of all members of the shared economy, often referred to as the public good. The deficit of your logic is obvious to many, it requires some people to spend the money of others against their will. Most people agree taking 100% of someone's work is slavery, what percentage isn't?
Ridgewood Mom July 08, 2012 at 02:56 AM
"Wealth acquisition is wealth creation." So, if someone steals your wallet they are creating wealth?
sp resident July 08, 2012 at 10:51 AM
After he does all that, do you think he's going to trickle down the savings to you?No buddy it's going into him and his friends big fat pockets. Yes the illegal immigrants cost the taxpayers millions of dollars, but all the politicians, public employees, public schools and greedy corporations all cost the taxpayers the same. I guess you decided to give the blacks a break this time. You people always have to find someone to pick on. When America was stolen from the Indians, where were you talking about deporting the Europeans? When the slaves were working for free ,where were you talking about free labor costing the African family? But after all the hard work is done, people lives have been turned upside down, you enjoy the fruits of their misery. What you reap is what you sow, if you think it's going up, no it's only going down. So keep finding someone to blame for the demise of America, the demise was written thousands of years ago.
J.D. Luke July 08, 2012 at 03:59 PM
mark, I would love to find an insurance plan for my family for $2000 a year. I would get down on my knees and thank every god we humans had ever invented for a boon like that. It's clear that you don't pay for your own health insurance, or you'd realize what an amazing bargain that would be to someone who is shelling out over $1300 a month.
Jesus Vasquez July 08, 2012 at 06:43 PM
I am doing just fine, especially when there is little rain and I still cut grass even though it's not needed. It's sort of like most government work and programs.
rents2fnhigh July 11, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Why is it that libertarians sound so much better when I have a job and can afford to feed my family?
Lovin' Liberty July 11, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Could it be you feel that your lack of planning is an excuse to steal from someone else? Its going to rain, have a rainy day fund.
Gordon maclean July 24, 2012 at 01:50 AM
democrats use the name from denocracy .true but they keep thier jobs and cover up the real facts of whats going on under the rug.governor christie is a supreame attorney who immediatly busted up the biggest gangsterin new jerseys history the corzine regime and all his little tweedle dum minitemen goverment that is how we got this far in dept and the big eared bullshiter still hasent proved where he was born ,ss#042 was from conneticut . my dad is 91 046 and he is from conneticut 5000 miles from hawaii, GOD BLESS YOU GOVERNOR YOU STAND UP FOR LIFE LIBERTY AND THE PRSUIT OF OUR HAPINESS .NOT THE GOVERNMENTS tweedle dee tweedle DUMB Cabinet who big ears picks.
Jimmy Sheridan July 26, 2012 at 01:14 AM
I fully support Christie, he turned the state around. Although he cut teachers, he made teacher tenure tougher to get as well.

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