Legislators want apology for ‘take the bat out’ comment

Lawmakers have called on Gov. Chris Christie to apologize for his comments at a press conference earlier this month concerning Sen. Loretta Weinberg.

Assemblywomen Valerie Vainieri Huttle, (D-37), Englewood, and Connie Wagner, (D-38), Paramus said Wednesday that they joined with 52 other members of the Legislature in formally calling on the governor to make an immediate public apology and retraction to the threatening comments he made last against Weinberg, (D-37), Teaneck, during an April 13 press conference.

During the press conference, in response to questions concerning so-called double-dipping of public officials drawing a salary and pension at the same time, Christie asked the media why they didn’t take Weinberg to task on the issue, and used the phrase “Take the bat out.”

After the incident, Vainieri Huttle and Wagner sent letters to every New Jersey legislator asking them to publicly denounce Christie’s comments.

“This overwhelming show of support from our colleagues in the Legislature demonstrates that the governor’s comments are unacceptable, not only toward women but to every New Jerseyan of good will who understands threatening language is wrong,”  Vainieri Huttle said in a release.  “The governor’s offensive and disturbing language has no place in decent society and we are asking him to recognize that and elevate the political tone in our state.”

The lawmakers sent a letter to Christie Wednesday formally asking him to apologize to Weinberg and retract his comments. 

Legislators want apology for ‘take the bat out’ comment