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article imageNJ Gov. Chris Christie takes on female hecklers at Romney rally

By Lynn Herrmann     Jan 9, 2012 in Politics
Exeter - Speaking at a Romney for President rally on Sunday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie drew the ire of some in the audience when, in response to female hecklers, he said “something may be going down tonight, but it ain’t going to be jobs, sweetheart.
Slate Magazine said Christie’s comments were “flagrantly demeaning, even misogynistic.”
The comments come at a time when GOP presidential contenders have been promoting their political agendas, which include opposition to gays in the military, the “sin” of homosexuality, the outlawing of birth control, and a ban on pornography.
Salon calls the latest efforts by the Republican machine a “war on sex,” making it an addition to the party’s ongoing War on Terror and War on Drugs.
Dagmar Herzog, author of “Sex in Crisis: The New Sexual Revolution and the Future of American Politics,” said the attention being given to presidential contender Rick Santorum’s extreme views on sex is “part of an extended, decades-long backlash against women’s freedoms, sexual and otherwise,” Salon reports.
Christie’s remarks have brought varying comments on Slate’s Facebook page, ranging from support to hostility. While some suggest Christie’s comments were taken out of context, others call him “crude,” a “fat ass right wingnut,” and a “sexist old white man.”
In addition to his “going down” comments to ladies in the Romney rally audience, Christie added President Obama is faking anger, calling Obama’s efforts “the most cynical reelection strategy that you could ever think of,” the Washington Post reports.
Christie referenced one female in the audience, saying, “If she wasn’t so disoriented by the loss of hope and change, she’d understand that Mitt Romney is the hope for America’s future.” He called Obama a “Chicago ward politician” and added, “This is the type of disoriented anger your cynicism and your division is causing in our country. Bring our country together; stop dividing us.”
Responding to Christie’s remarks, Mike Gianino, 51, of Newton, New Hampshire, said, “He handled them just the way I would expect him to, an intellectual beat-down. I think Christie is just the right amount of punch,” Huffington Post reports.
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