Chris Christie update: Governor attacks media "hysteria"

Also: Christie indicates at a town hall meeting that he may not run for office ever again

By Elias Isquith

Published February 27, 2014 1:57PM (EST)

New Jersey's embattled governor, Chris Christie, used to be something of a news machine. Rarely would a day go by without the talkative and opinionated politician saying something worthy of at least a quick report or two. But ever since Bridgegate, Christie's been considerably more circumspect in his public pronouncements — until now.

Here's the latest news from Chris Christie's world:

  • Speaking on his "Ask the Governor" radio program on Wednesday, Christie vowed that he would not buckle under pressure from the media. "I’m not going to give in to the hysteria of questions that are given by folks who have information today that I didn’t have at the time that you’re talking about," Christie said. The governor also claimed that Bridgegate was a story that only interested the media, citing the two town halls he's held (in conservative locales) as proof. “You folks are the only people at the moment who are asking me about this,” Christie said to Eric Scott, his radio co-host.
  • Speaking of Christie town halls, he held another one in a conservative town on Wednesday, talking with New Jerseyans about a lot of things — except Bridgegate. At one point, Christie seemed to intimate that his political career was in its twilight stages, saying, "I'm in my second term now … I don't worry about politics anymore. This is it."
  • Christie also reiterated his support on Wednesday for David Samson, a longtime Christie ally and Port Authority chairman. The executive director of the Port Authority, Pat Foye, had recently told the New York Daily News editorial board that Samson lacked the moral authority to continue as chair, but Christie didn't buy it. "I disagree with Pat Foye," Christie said.
  • Turning to his governing duties, Christie promised to take "extreme" measures in regard to the state's public employees' retirement fund if New Jersey's Democratic Legislature failed to act. "I’m ready to work with the entire Legislature to come up with ideas to fix this, but if they’re unwilling to that do that, this is a problem we’re going to own," Christie said.

Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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