The way Trump initially said it, in a speech in Alabama, you would have thought he was actually in Jersey City on 9/11 with these alleged celebrants, not watching them on television, which is what he clarified for various media outlets.
Instead, Christie wimped and mamby-pambied and wishy-washed and chose his words oh so very carefully:
I do not remember that, and so it's not something that was part of my recollection. I think if it had happened, I would remember it, but, you know, there could be things I forget, too.Really? That's all you've got, Governor?
Are you the same man who got in a shouting match with a former Navy SEAL?
If you decide what you want to do is put on a show today, let me tell you something, I can go back and forth with you as much as you want. And let me tell you something, after you graduate from law school, you conduct yourself like that in a courtroom, your rear end's gonna get thrown in jail, idiot."Or the guy who shouted at a teacher to "do her job", or who said that
You can treat bullies in one of two ways. You can either sidle up to them, or you can punch them in the face. I like to punch them in the face.Maybe Christie was that guy when he was only the governor of New Jersey. Now that he's fighting an uphill battle to remain (become?) a viable candidate for the presidency, it seems he's lost his punch.
Even former NY Governor George Pataki responded more strongly than Christie, for heaven's sake.
The R's are all about being strong in the fight against terrorism -- but it seems they are uninterested in or unwilling to take that same approach when addressing things their fellow candidates say - even when it's something as outrageous as this.
While it's now clear that candidate Chris Christie doesn't remember what happened in New Jersey on 9/11, there is no way that Governor Chris Christie would have forgotten it had thousands and thousands of residents of his state, regardless of their nationality, had cheered the terrorism of 9/11. He would not have forgotten if it was only hundreds, or merely dozens of people.
Those actions would be etched in his brain, and in his heart, as the governor of a state that lost 674 residents that day. And you could be sure that if anyone was going to call out Jersey City residents for their behavior, it would have been Christie, and there would have been film.
Candidate Christie? His response was a kiss on the cheek of Donald Trump, and a slap in the face to the people of the state he currently represents.