Chris Christie Hounded by Hecklers — Again

Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 10:03 PM

By Todd Beamon

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was heckled on Wednesday, making it at least the third time this month that the potential 2014 Republican presidential candidate has been taunted by angry Garden State residents.

At a town hall meeting in Belmar, protesters blasted Christie for not holding similar sessions in Newark, the state's largest city, Business Insider reports.

"Gov. Christie! Gov. Christie!" protesters chanted. "You've had 120 town halls! And you've deliberately left Newark out of it!

"We demand Gov. Christie come to Newark!"

The two-term governor was shouted down earlier this month by teachers at two events, including the swearing-in of Democratic Mayor Jose Torres of Paterson — and police escorted angry residents out of one town hall meeting in March after they used hand-held metal detectors to "wand" attendees, The Star-Ledger reports.

Christie has long been at odds with teachers over his cuts in the state's education budget. He slightly raised funding in the $32.5 billion budget he signed last month, according to both Business Insider and the Star-Ledger.

In addition, the governor has been under fire for the Bridge-gate scandal over lane closures last September on the George Washington Bridge and over deep cuts in the state's pension programs.

Christie, who is to arrive in New Hampshire on Thursday for a round of campaigning to presage a White House run, was also criticized on Wednesday by a conservative advocacy group over New Jersey's liberal justices.

And some residents took to Twitter to poke at Christie's "No Pain, No Gain" pension-reform effort by saying, "Our Pain, Christie's Gain."

In Belmar, however, Christie seemed bemused by the protests, Business Insider reported.

"Oh, our chanters are back," he said as he instructed a questioner who had been interrupted to continue.

Other residents questioned Christie at the town hall on medical marijuana and legislation that would ban hydraulic-fracturing waste from coming to New Jersey, the Star-Ledger reports.

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