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Christie Returns to Form in First Town Hall Since Bridge-gate

By    |   Friday, 21 Feb 2014 09:44 AM

At a packed town hall meeting Thursday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie showed signs of his pre-scandal self, albeit a tad more reserved, Politico reports.

In his first town hall since the Bridge-gate scandal unfolded, Christie spent 105 minutes fielding questions from Garden State residents at a Monmouth County VFW that had been especially hard hit during Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

The casual forums  — where Christie has been known to dress down constituents and members of the press in a sharp and pointed way — helped catapult him to national notoriety. It was his 110th town hall since he became governor in January 2010.

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There wasn’t a single question about the bridge-closing scandal that has dogged him since revelations that top Christie aides orchestrated lane closings of the George Washington Bridge in September as an act of political retribution.

Christie’s camp maintains that questions were not pre-screened and no one was prohibited from addressing the scandal. Some in the crowd even held signs calling for his resignation.

But an MSNBC reporter opined that participants could have been cowed by one of Christie's ground rules: “With the possible exception of some of the media that are here today to cover this, all of us here are from New Jersey. And that means if you give it, you are getting it right back.”

Vestiges of the pre-Bridge-gate Christie were there, including him joking that FEMA should be the new “F” word, referring to the bureaucratic snail’s pace of the government program.

Christie cautioned a sometimes contentious audience that Congress has dragged its heels in approving the multi-billion dollar aid package and that it’s possible it may ultimately be $20 billion less than what it will cost to rebuild, CBS New York reported.

He also fielded a question about his shrinking size since undergoing gastric bypass surgery last year, according to the New York Daily News.

Lou from Monmouth County complimented the governor on his appearance, to which Christie replied “We’re getting there,” the Daily News reported.

Christie shared the story of a middle-schooler who had asked him when he was going to get “really small.”

“Rome was not unbuilt in a day,” Christie recalled, drawing laughs from the packed crowd.




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