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Christie: I Am Not a Bully
MSNBC

Name: MSNBC

URL: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/

Chris Christie

Name: Chris Christie

Employment: New Jersey

Position: Governor

Trenton, N.J.

Name: Trenton, N.J.

URL: http://www.trentonnj.org/

Not online media
“Kelly, politics ain't beanbag, OK? And everybody in the country who engages in politics knows that. On the other hand, that's very, very different than saying that, you know, someone's a bully. I have very heated discussions and arguments with people in my own party and on the other side of the aisle. I feel passionately about issues and I don't hide my emotions from people. I am not a focus group tested, blow-dried candidate or governor. Now, that has always made some people, as you know, uneasy. Some people like that style, some people don't, and I've always said -- I think you asked me a question the day after the election, are you willing to change your style in order to appeal to a broader audience? And I think I said no, because I am who I am, but I am not a bully, and what I will tell you is that the folks who have worked with me over a long period of time would, I believe, tell you that I'm tough, but I've shown over the last four years in the tone that I've set here, that I'm willing to compromise and I'm willing to work with others. And the campaign showed with all of the folks who came from the other side of the aisle to support us, that if we weren't willing to have relationships with those folks, it would have never happened that way. So I don't believe that Kelly."
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