Nothing is sacred

During his still young gubernatorial campaign, Chris Christie has sought to avoid a few unrelated, but arguably, interesting topics: his weight and primary opponent Steve Lonegan. 

Today, before a supportive business group at a question and answer session in Florham Park, Christie talked about both topics.

He joked that while being interviewed on 101.5 radio this morning – an outfit more concerned with juvenile silliness than somber debate — a host suggested that “Jenny Craig” should be his lieutenant governor.

In Florham Park, Christie went along with the joke, saying, “If she’s willing to work with me, I’m willing to work with her.”

As for Lonegan, Christie responded to a questioner who wondered if Lonegan’s primary campaign would split the party. Christie said he has purposely tried not to mention Lonegan negatively, but that Lonegan is not doing the same. He complained about Lonegan mailings that have been “awfully personal” and negative.

Christie said, “They divide (the party) and leave awful scars.”

He added, “I hope Steve knocks it off.”  If not, Christie, who was involved in some nasty primary campaigns in Morris County in the 1990s, said he was prepared to start “punching back.”


About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

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