With New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie officially announcing Tuesday that he is running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, fans of YouTube clips may be holding their breath in anticipation. Christie is well-known for his proclivity for outbursts, which oftentimes result in viral videos that show him shouting at a range of people -- including hecklers, reporters and even passersby on the boardwalk.
Christie, who has been governor since 2010, was expected to announce his campaign during a press conference at his former high school in his hometown of Livingston, New Jersey. A video released days before the announcement highlighted that Christie is committed to "telling it like it is." It perhaps sought to put his outspokenness in a more positive light than the public may perceive, Time reported.
During his time as governor, Christie has repeatedly made waves by speaking directly -- and, at times, angrily -- to just about anyone. Perhaps one of the most famous instances came last year, on Oct. 30, 2014 in Belmar, New Jersey. Christie was talking about Hurricane Sandy relief efforts when he told off Asbury City Park Councilman James Keady, who was holding a sign criticizing the governor and speaking against what he felt were slow relief efforts.
"I’ll be more than happy to have a debate with you any time you like, guy," Christie said, his voice growing louder. "Because somebody like you who doesn’t know a damn thing about what you’re talking about except to stand up and show off when the cameras are here -- I’ve been here when the cameras aren’t on buddy and done the work."
He also said to Keady, "Turn around, get your fifteen minutes of fame and then maybe take your jacket off, roll up your sleeves and go something for the people of this state," and to "sit down, and shut up." Watch the video of the incident here at Politico.
Another high profile incident of Christie's outspokenness involved him addressing a law student at a town hall meeting in March 2012. William Brown, a former Navy Seal, repeatedly interrupted the governor while he answered a question about a planned merger of Rutgers-Camden University and Rowan University. Christie, visibly frustrated, said to Brown, "Do you want to hear the answer or no?" As the crowd applauded, Christie -- a former United States Attorney for New Jersey -- told the law student, "Let me tell you something, after you graduate from law school, you conduct yourself like that in a courtroom, your rear end is going to be thrown in jail, idiot," according NJ.com. Below is audio of the incident:
Christie has had a number of notable exchanges at town hall meetings. At an event in New Hampshire, he responded firmly to hecklers while campaigning for Mitt Romney, claiming the protesters' anger, fueled by President Barack Obama, was blinding them.
Christie's outbursts aren't limited to hecklers. He has also directed his frustration at the media. He called a reporter "stupid" after asking an off-topic question in 2012 and recently got into it with a radio host in early May.
The 2015 radio conversation about social security devolved into a shouting match of sorts, with Christie saying the host -- conservative Boston radio personality Howie Carr -- offered no real answers.
"What's your solution, Howie? What's your solution? It's going to go broke; what's your solution?" Christie said, according to Business Insider. "I'm dealing responsibly with the problem. You're complaining and putting forward no solution. That's your right -- you're [a] radio talk show host; you don't have to come forward with solutions. But your questions have to have some -- some -- degree of realism to them."
With Christie squarely in the public eye, cameras will likely be on the high-profile figure even more than usual. He has been captured on video arguing and shouting often, even while off duty. Christie was taped yelling at a man in 2012 on a boardwalk in New Jersey in footage that first surfaced on TMZ.