This is what Governor Chris Christie looks like when he’s calling a seated New Jersey assemblyman, “Numbnuts”.
Mind you, he apologized – sort of. But it took a lot to get that out of him. Considerable outrage expressed, particularly from black folks – or, you know, anybody whoever cracked a history book – culminating with Freedom Rider, disciple in his youth of Martin Luther King, Jr. and now congressman John Lewis of Georgia to get on a train and come up from Washington to to clear up a few things for the Governor. Of course, Christie’s “sorry” pointedly did not extend to Asm Reed Gusciora, whom he called “Numbnuts” after Gusciora questioned Christie’s basic understanding of the American civil rights movement. Christie also chose to make his (limited) apology on 101.5 radio, which routinely stirs up its low-information listening audience and encourages the same kind of (dare I say “numbnuts”) carrying-on the Governor specializes in.
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Photo: Tony Kurdzuk, Star-Ledger.