Just two weeks after getting booed at a Cardinals-Mets game, New Jersey Governor Christie was at the center of another headline-grabbing baseball moment. Over the weekend, an exchange between the future sports talk host(?) Christie and a heckling Cubs fan got a little hairy, with the governor at one point getting just inches from the face of the "big shot" heckler.
The confrontation occurred Sunday at the Milwaukee Brewers game against the Cubs (which Chicago went on to win 4-2). When Cubs fan Brad Joseph slammed the governor as a "hypocrite," Christie, known for his combative personality, responded in kind.
Joseph spoke to WISN 12 News afterward to give his side of the story:
"When he initially was going up the stairs I yelled his name. He was already quite a bit past me, and 30 feet away I yelled his name and told him that he sucked. ... I called him a hypocrite because I thought it needed to be said. He then turned around and walked all the way back towards me and got up in my face for what seemed like a long time, but was probably only about 30 seconds or a minute."
Joseph said the former presidential candidate made contact with him with his knee and asked if he wanted to "do something" and "start something."
"(He) was yelling at me. First he told me, 'Why don't you have another beer?' which I thought was a decent come back, and I thought that was kind of funny," said Joseph. "Then he started calling me a tough guy."
That's when WISN reporter Ben Hutchinson, a relative of Joseph, began recording the confrontation (watch the video here).
Joseph says he remained calm throughout the exchange.
"He is a public official and this is America and I think we have the right to say what you believe as long as it’s not crude or profane," Joseph said.
One detail from the encounter caught some viewers' eyes, including Drudge, who noted that Christie managed the whole exchange "while balancing nachos." Impressive.
As for why Christie is so unpopular with so many: other than being associated with Trump — which automatically makes you a xenophobic, Islamophobic, anti-woman, anti-science bigot to half the country — he was recently caught having a little private "beach day" on a public beach his government had banned the public from using due to a budgetary showdown with the Democrats.
New Jersey residents were not happy, and his poll numbers have reflected that.
"Christie’s approval rating has plummeted to a measly 15% after 86% of those polled claimed to have seen the now-infamous pictures of him and his family lounging on an empty stretch of the Berkeley Township beach in the wake of the shutdown," the NY Post reports.