Posted Mar 14, 2012 01:08 pm CDT
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie isn’t second-guessing his response to a Rutgers University law student who opposed the merger of his school’s Camden campus with Rowan University.
Christie told student Bill Brown he is an “idiot” at the town hall meeting last week. On Monday, Christie defended his remark, saying the student is an idiot and had no right to be a jerk, report the New Jersey Star Ledger and the New York Times.
“He acted like an idiot.” Christie said. “He’s an idiot. I don’t have any regret about it at all.”
During the exchange at the town hall meeting, Brown had commented on the planned merger and repeatedly interrupted the governor’s response, the New Jersey Star Ledger reported in a prior story. “Let me tell you something,” Christie told the student. “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.”
Brown, 34, is a former Navy SEAL who ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat for the New Jersey state assembly. In an interview with the Times, he called Christie “delusional” and said he would file a lawsuit if the governor called him any other names.