Moran on Christie: “Poor Baby”

Star Ledger Editorial Page Editor Tom Moran, who once famously sparred with the governor over Moran’s alleged thin skin, today had some harsh words for his foil over the governor’s failure to appear before the Ledger’s editorial board.

“The irony is thick. I’ve never known anyone on God’s earth who takes greater offense at honest criticism than him. He hasn’t come in for an editorial board in three years becuase I criticized him. Wah, wah. Poor baby,” Moran said during a web chat with readers hosted by

Moran was taking questions today after his Sunday column in which he called Gov. Chris Christie, “Americas most overrated governor.”

Christie and Moran have tangled before, most publicly in 2010 when Moran asked Christie if his “confrontational tone” would pose a problem in his relationship with the legislature.

“Tom, you must be the thinnest skinned guy in America, ’cause if you think that’s a confrontational tone, then, you know, you should really see me when I’m pissed.”

Christie’s response gave rise to one of the governor’s first “Youtube” moments that have become a hallmark of his tenure as governor.

Two years ago, the two men continued their feud when Moran asked the governor a question about claims that Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver had called on Christie to seek Republican help in keeping her job as speaker.

Christie didn’t take kindly to the question, telling Moran to “get a life.”

Moran on Christie: “Poor Baby”