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Chris Christie: 'FEMA is the New F Word'

Audience members focus on Sandy, ignore 'Bridgegate' in New Jersey governor's first town hall of the year.

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New Jersey Governor's Office
Gov. Chris Christie's 110th town hall appearance proved to be a relatively subdued one as audience members focused primarily on Sandy recovery.

The New Jersey governor's public question and answer session at Middletown VFW Post 2179 Thursday was his first since the George Washington Lane Bridge closure scandal unraveled in January. However, Christie didn't field any questions on the controversy during the 90-minute appearance.

Most of the audience questions touched on Sandy funding issues in an area hard hit by the storm.

Christie voiced frustration with federal program rules he said have held up the recovery process.

"FEMA is the new F word," Christie said, critiquing the federal government's handling of the National Flood Insurance Program.
 
Has the Federal Emergency Management Agency and federal regulations contributed to the state's issues with post-Sandy recovery? Tell us in the comments.

Ridgewood Mom February 25, 2014 at 06:34 AM
Please don't shut down any lanes on my behalf, suz. And please don't go on by telling me that I'm the new 'F word.'
MaverickMom February 25, 2014 at 11:18 AM
ridgewood mom must hate the dems in place if getting this upset over cc.......
Ridgewood Mom February 25, 2014 at 01:11 PM
Maverick, its not about Democrats or Republicans. I really don't identify with either group. The issue has to do with basic civility. The question is, what would you be willing to do or not do in order to empower your ideas? Saying that 'FEMA is the New F Word???' Seriously?!!! Well, what's new?! We've already heard this man call people stupid and idiots, on camera. We've heard him tell people to shut up. To think that anyone could be okay with that, much less admire such a person. This goon seriously needs to crawl back into the gutter he came from.
MaverickMom February 25, 2014 at 01:44 PM
I'm ok with what he's said and it's about time we see politicians call it like it is. As I said, you must loathe our state and federal dems if you get this upset over cc.
suz February 25, 2014 at 01:53 PM
Just for the record Maverick, I also agree with your logic. Some just cannot handle the truth, I guess.
BellairBerdan February 25, 2014 at 02:25 PM
Just because people are loud and insulting doesn't mean they're telling you the truth
Ridgewood Mom February 25, 2014 at 03:01 PM
Just a question then for Maverick and suz-> would you be OK with a "lib" calling you an idiot or stupid or the new 'F word?' Is this sort of discourse only OK when it goes along with your way of thinking or is it also OK when pointed in the other direction? I'm just trying to get your position here. Are you saying that you (and Christie) do not have to qualify your way of thinking to others and that others should simply shut up and comply with your (and Christie's) agenda regardless of what they think about it, but that others should contrarily explain their ideas to you according to the rules of civic discourse? Or are you suggesting that no one should bother trying to discuss anything civilly and that we should all just yell at each other and call each other names?
MaverickMom February 25, 2014 at 03:22 PM
ridgewood, remember the old, 'sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me?' I see more dems and libs using derogatory remarks about opposition than ever came from cc. I find it funny to see so many people bent out of shape by his use but completely ignore the other side
BellairBerdan February 25, 2014 at 04:17 PM
Which Democratic governor speaks to his constituents like Chris Christie does to his?
Ridgewood Mom February 25, 2014 at 04:52 PM
Maybe "libs" do this more, but I don't see what that has to do with this discussion. You are ignoring what I am saying and just talking over me. I pointed out that Christie has publicly called people "stupid," "idiots," etc. and in the case of the title of this article he is calling an organization the 'F word.' His administration has been proven guilty of closing down the GW bridge lanes as an act of political retribution, with some degree of controversy regarding the degree to which he or his closest aides placed the orders. You stated "I'm ok with what he's said and it's about time we see politicians call it like it is." Do you really consider these sorts of behaviors as calling it "like it is?" Would you advocate that people who disagree with you (and Christie) "call it like it is" in this way, with reference to their views that disagree with yours? Should they tell you to shut up? Should they call you an idiot? Should they tell you that you are stupid? Should they trap you in traffic? Do you expect this sort of talk and action to function as a dialogue? Or do you care?
suz February 25, 2014 at 05:01 PM
Blah blah blah blah blah......
Ridgewood Mom February 25, 2014 at 05:08 PM
Very mature suz.
suz February 25, 2014 at 05:17 PM
I only call it as I see it...
charlotte February 25, 2014 at 05:39 PM
I find it <not> amusing that many people that truly believe that they are conservative politically live in this self contained bubble of total lack of information. No, these people do not represent your interests. The lies, deflections, and attacks are characteristic and I will not engage.
charlotte February 25, 2014 at 05:44 PM
What is happening in NJ is shocking even to the hard core political pessimist. Anyone defending these individuals is uninformed, brainwashed, or involved. I stand by my original statement.
anonymous February 25, 2014 at 06:23 PM
The cool thing about back and forth debate is eventually you find something you can agree on. I hope that happens here then maybe you will see what I mean by "we are all in this together" Good luck to all anonymous
MaverickMom February 25, 2014 at 06:34 PM
ridgewood, I responded to your question Charlotte, no politician represents our interests in my honest opinion
charlotte February 25, 2014 at 07:49 PM
Maverick Mom - Demand that they represent our interest. Be part of the change and support the repeal of Citizens United. http://www.democracyisforpeople.org/page.cfm?id=2
Ridgewood Mom February 26, 2014 at 06:15 AM
http://tinyurl.com/msuc5te
BIG DADDY February 26, 2014 at 07:12 AM
Give me a break Christie is the best thing that has happened to New Jersey in 20 years. He has done nothing but good, Now all of a sudden some egg rolls dont get delivered on time and you get your panties all in a bunch ! Get over it !
jerseytomato February 26, 2014 at 07:16 AM
Right on, BIG DADDY! Union members hate him, especially the Teachers Union.
suz February 26, 2014 at 07:26 AM
Ridgewood Mom...I am a republican. I believe in the conservative way of thinking, bottom line. Do you honestly think that your comments are going to change my mind? I, as well, believe in the justice system...meaning that until Christie is found to have positively known of the bridge fiasco, you can bet your bottom dollar that I am on his side. What is so wrong with that??? So, you don't like him, does that mean that you think you are going to bully me into going with your way of thinking? Ahhhh...not going to happen. Stick with your liberal ways...that, my dear, is your decision. Not mine. Get over it.
jerseytomato February 26, 2014 at 07:36 AM
Ridgewood Mom, I didn't read where Suz was 'talking over you.' She hasn't engaged in the manner you claim. Is Suz responsible for your perception?
BIG DADDY February 26, 2014 at 07:57 AM
That a Girl Suzie !
Ridgewood Mom February 26, 2014 at 08:28 AM
jerseytomato, I was addressing Maverick who said "ridgewood, remember the old, 'sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me?' I see more dems and libs using derogatory remarks about opposition than ever came from cc." (February 25, 2014 at 03:22 PM) My response was "Maybe 'libs' do this more, but I don't see what that has to do with this discussion. You are ignoring what I am saying and just talking over me." (February 25, 2014 at 04:52 PM). The point that I was repeating, after that, could be taken as being addressed to both of them, regarding their complacent attitudes about Christie's corruption and thuggishness. Here that is again for you--> Christie has publicly called people "stupid," "idiots," etc. and in the case of the title of this article he is calling an organization the 'F word.' His administration has been implicated in withholding Sandy relief mony to injure his political adversaries and is proven guilty of spending Sandy relief money on his own political campaigns and closing down the GW bridge lanes as an act of political retribution. It is repulsive that any elected official behave in these sorts of ways. And people who are dismissive of the seriousness of these matters are hypocrites who belong in the category as persons who do not respect the most basic principles of civility and reasoned dialogue.
Ridgewood Mom February 26, 2014 at 08:39 AM
suz, go on being a Republican. Go on supporting "the conservative way of thinking," whatever that means to you. But let's not carry on by calling people "stupid," "idiots" or telling them to "shut up." Let's not say that they are the 'F word.' Let's not close down bridge lanes or withhold Sandy relief money to punish our opponents. Let's not spend Sandy relief money on our own political campaigns… the list goes on and on. If someone says or does these sorts of things to you, or about you, then be my guest in dismissing what they have to say. Be my guest in speaking up on the Patch about how we shouldn't take what they say seriously. Call them the thug that they are. But let the power of your ideas, if there is any, lead the way.
jerseytomato February 26, 2014 at 09:05 AM
Ridgewood mom - I suppose we've all become desensitized to name calling. We see it on a Federal level, directed a conservative groups, and towards those who merely disagree with the Federal Administration's red tendencies. Names like 'Racist,' 'Bigot,' 'Right Wing Extremist,' 'Anti- Gay,' 'Hate Group,' etc. We see Republican groups being targeted by the IRS, merely because they are political opponents to the current administration. As for Christie name calling, he too, has long been called every name in the book. That however doesn't make it acceptable that he should behave in the same manner. Yet there are those who continuously judge him by his worst day. As for the cones on the GWB - I have not read where Christie has been charged, indicted, or arrested. He remains innocent until proven guilty.
BIG DADDY February 26, 2014 at 09:36 AM
In a Democratic mind, any accusation of a republican doing something wrong is Guilty no matter what.
suz February 26, 2014 at 10:03 AM
Especially when you already have a dislike for that person.
Ridgewood Mom February 26, 2014 at 10:25 AM
jerseytomato, utilization of such terms as "Racist, Bigot, Right Wing Extremist, Anti- Gay or Hate Group" do not necessarily constitute "name calling." Of course, it is inappropriate to use such terms in cases where persons are not those things. But they are descriptive terms that make points about the details of what a person might be doing wrong. They can be true and they can be false. On the other hand, terms like stupid, idiot, 'f' word' are epithets. There is a difference. For example, in a conversation about the relative responsibility of a state governor vs. a federal agency, such terms do not function descriptively. They function only as expressions of emotional disdain.

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