Surely the facts are not in dispute. This man —
wants to have this woman —
beaten to death.
“For Sen. Loretta Weinberg and Gov. Chris Christie, Wednesday was just another day of bomb throwing.
After Christie told reporters Wednesday that they should “take the bat” to the 76-year-old Weinberg for hypocrisy, she retaliated by saying the governor “needs a little domestic violence training.”
“Considering I’ve devoted my entire legislative career to fighting for the rights of women, including battered women, I think his words continue to show the level of insensitivity and poor judgment that the governor has demonstrated on women’s issues since getting elected,” Weinberg (D-Bergen) said in a statement.
Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak said Weinberg was taking the governor’s comments out of context. “That’s a complete contextual distortion,” he said, adding that anyone who was “in the room would know that.”
Weinberg, who has been trading barbs with Christie since they were on opposing tickets in the governor’s race, recently criticized Christie by saying the governor was soft on his political allies after it was reported that Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. was drawing a government salary and also receiving a state pension.
However, Weinberg is also collecting money from the state because of the same law, which allows public employees to retire and collect a pension while still holding elected office as long as they had once held a different public job. it boggles the mind how the governor could even think of uttering it,” Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) said in a statement.
Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Union) accused Christie of “directly advocating for violence against women.”
Drewniak said Stender’s statement was “twisted.”
“It’s a ridiculous and over-the-top distortion to deflect from Senator Weinberg’s pension double-dipping,” he said.
Bob Yudin, chairman of the Bergen County Republican Organization, said Weinberg was being too sensitive.
“He did not mean that literally,” he said. “He meant that figuratively.”
Yeah sure. Just like New Jersey’s most famous fictional resident.
“Earlier this month Weinberg, a widow, disclosed in a blog post that she was forced to begin collecting her pension because she lost her life’s savings in Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme.
Christie dismissed her excuse at a Statehouse news conference Wednesday, saying she was “hiding behind Bernie Madoff.”
She deserves a “hypocrisy award” for “beating the bejesus out of me,” he said.
Christie and Weinberg have been sparring since the gubernatorial campaign, when she was the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor. But this time, several Democrats said, the governor went too far by urging the press to “take the bat out on her.”
“The statement was offensive, indecent and so far beneath the standing of a public official.”
Oh suuurrrre. Just like Senator Jon Kyl (R of course) who claimed abortion services are over 90 percent of what Planned parenthood does. When it was pointed out that this wasn’t true a Kyl Spokesperson claimed it was “Not intended to be a factual statement.”
“Two Democratic lawmakers sent letters today to all 120 New Jersey legislators, urging them to condemn Gov. Chris Christie’s suggestion that the media “take the bat out” on a 76-year-old state senator who criticized him.
Bergen County Assemblywomen Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Connie Wagner are demanding a retraction and an apology to Sen. Loretta Weinberg, saying Christie’s comment advocates violence against women and sets a poor example.
“The governor’s offensive and disturbing language has no place in decent society,” said Vainieri Huttle. “The Legislature needs to speak as one in denouncing the governor’s comments as unacceptable, not only toward women but to every New Jerseyan of good will who understands threatening language is wrong.”
Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, both Democrats, also said Christie’s remark crossed a line.
Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak said anyone who was in the room at the time knew Christie’s comment was directed at the media’s soft treatment of the issue of pension double-dipping.
“Ratcheting it up beyond that is partisan politics and an attempt to divert attention from Sen. Weinberg’s hypocrisy,” Drewniak said.
The insult swapping began when Weinberg criticized the governor for being too soft on Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo Jr., who is collecting a pension and a salary for the same six-figure job.
Weinberg later acknowledged that she is receiving a pension and salary and said she was forced to tap into her pension after being victimized by Bernard Madoff’s investment scam.
Christie accused the assemblywoman of “hiding behind Bernie Madoff” and being a hypocrite.
“I mean, can you guys please take the bat out on her for once?” Christie said during a Statehouse news conference Wednesday. “Here’s a woman who knows she did it, yet she comes to you and is pining… ‘Oh! My goodness! How awful this is! What a double standard!’ But she’s the queen of double standard.”
Weinberg ran for lieutenant governor on Gov. Jon Corzine’s ticket in 2009. They lost to Christie and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno.”
The loss was apparently not enough for Christie. He wants her dead.
But considering his avoirdupois, he may well die before her
of “natural causes.”
Sing us out Marc!