Kristin Towkaniuk, 17, is the president of the Newark Students Union and a member of NJ Communities United. Here she is in Belmar today at Christie’s “town hall” where questions are supposedly encouraged, asking him when he’ll do a similar event in her city:
You can hear somebody call out Rude! at his insulting her about her question, while somebody else calls out, Thought you had 4 kids!
Christie doesn’t do well when he cannot control his entire environment, which is one reason his town hall events are as engineered as they are. A big sign depicting Christie in black/white with the word LIAR on his forehead first popped up in Newark’s community fight against state control of Newark’s schools, a key factor in the election of educator Ras Baraka as the city’s new mayor. Kristin was a visible part of both. I think he called on her deliberately. He called on me in the Flemington town hall, and surprised me by saying, “I know who you are, and I know you don’t agree with me on anything.” Then he lied in his answer to me, and mocked my follow-up. He was harsher with Kristin. And she deserved better, as a student, his constituent, and as a known young leader with a constituency of her own in the state’s largest city. If he chose her question so he could mock her, it backfired.