Christie defends calling NY Daily News reporter a ‘dope’

SEA BRIGHT – Gov. Chris Christie says he’s not worried in the least about anything The New York Times op-ed page has to say, arguing that  any Republican who would be distressed is sure to be in a “constant state of crisis.”

The governor responded to a Maureen Dowd piece Wednesday in which The New York Times’ columnist wrote American voters “like to elect nice guys, not belittling blowhards.”

Dowd, writing in response to the governor’s recent criticism of a New York Daily News reporter’s back-and-forth with Jets’ coach Rex Ryan, argued Christie needs to solve his “temperament problem” before stepping out on the national stage.

“I’m not running for anything nationally, so why should I care about that?” responded Christie to a question from a reporter on Dowd’s position that the New Jersey governor should keep his “shouting in check” if he wants to be president.

“If New Jersey people love me that’s good for me in 69 days, isn’t it?” he said.

“I think folks around here know that I am willing to take as well as I give,” he said. “I didn’t wake up this morning worried and petrified about what Maureen Dowd on the op-ed page of The New York Times thinks about me.

“If you wake up as a Republican and worry about what the op-ed page of The New York Times thinks about you, you are going to be in a constant state of crisis.”

Christie defended his calling the New York Daily News reporter “a dope,” saying he is free in expressing his opinion. He added the newspaper was well within its right to express its opinion when it referred to the New Jersey governor as “fatso” in a recent headline.

“I don’t worry about this stuff. Whenever you express opinions in this world, other people have opinions about your opinions, and that’s OK,” he said. “So, you know, I thought a particular reporter was a dope, I said so, and I heard him on the radio today … and he seems like a very nice young man, a dope nonetheless, but a nice young man.” Christie defends calling NY Daily News reporter a ‘dope’