A.P. reports on Gov. Christie’s unusual town hall meeting in Spotswood, NJ, which included rather
rude and inappropriate frank and honest questioning from audience members. Here’s an example, as a 12-year-old kid channels Borat:
After an hour, Christie seemed relieved to have picked a 12-year-old boy from Springfield to ask the last question. When the boy started reading from prepared remarks, Christie seemed even more delighted: “I made a good choice. He is reading the question!” Christie exclaimed.
The boy went on to ask the governor to decide if he really bullied another student, but Christie’s amusement was visibly lessened when the boy went on to suggest he was singled out by the Jewish community that he said controls his town and school board.
The Star-Ledger has more details:
For his last question, Christie called on Surya Makka, a student at the Florence M. Gaudineer Middle School in Springfield, who calmly explained how the “Jewish community that controls the township of Springfield and its school board” unfairly targeted him under the state’s Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying law.
The boy was accompanied by his father, Devendra Makkar, who handed out copies of the boy’s statement.
The governor stopped the boy after a few minutes [or] two and said that as a former United States Attorney, he took discrimination seriously and would look into the matter.
What the hell? I suppose the proper response to the kid would have been, “Let me stop you right there, son — you insult this forum, my office, and me personally when you try to pit one ethnic group against another.” But I’ll give Christie some leeway — who expects to call on a kid and a get an anti-Semitic tirade, unless that kid is Eric Cartman?