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Chris Christie hosts sports talk radio program, meets caller who trolls him about beach closures

Chris Christie's drive-time sports radio audition was met with one notable troll — Mike from Montclair

Michael Glassman
July 11, 2017 5:57PM (UTC)

On Monday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie auditioned to take over a local New York sports radio show currently held by a departing personality, the legendary Mike Francesca, who's known as the "sports pope."

It was supposed to be your standard sports talk radio program, featuring callers asking Christie's opinion on sports-related topics and listening to opinions on how terrible the Mets are. But Mike from Montclair (in Christie's home state) — who has called Francesa once or twice every week for the past 25 years — took full advantage of having the governor's ear, and went right for the jugular.


“Governor, next time you want to sit on a beach that is closed to the entire world except you," Mike said, "you put your fat ass in a car and go to one that’s open to all your constituents.”

Christie took some time to think of his McCarthy-esque comeback. “I love getting calls from Communists in Montclair,” the governor said, “you are swearing on the air. Mike, you are a bum.”

“You’re a bully Governor and I don’t like bullies” Mike said sparking a back and forth, "What matters is what you do” said Christie.


“What have you done?” Mike replied.

“What I just did was stop polluting the airwaves with a guy like that” says the man who let one of biggest polluters, Exxon Mobil, off the hook.

There's a chance Christie could take over the show, even though he's competing against other less polarizing, more talented personalities who are in the running for the lucrative drive-time radio slot.


If he gets the spot, it remains to be seen how much of his time would be spent defending his dismal 15 percent approval rating as he leaves office.



Michael Glassman

Michael Glassman is on Salon’s Breaking News team. You can find him on Twitter at @warnkemg

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