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Chris Christie, Bouncing Back, Refuses to Play ‘Dodgeball’ With Reporters

Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) speaks at the CPAC Conference, on March 6, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland. The American Conservative Union (CPAC) held its 41st annual Conservative Political conference at the Gaylord International Hotel.
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Suddenly energized by his self-proclaimed innocence, Chris Christie was back to his old tricks at a press conference today. “Why don’t you just get to the question and cut the commentary back a little?” the governor said at one point, firing up the long-dormant insult machine. The questions, which he’d avoided since early January, were once again “ridiculous.”

What you get with me is what you get,” said Christie to reporters who hadn’t seen much of him since Bridgegate. “I cannot shed who I am.”

Before the flexing, Christie announced that Port Authority chairman David Samson had resigned, effective immediately. “He is 74 years old and he is tired,” said Christie, who was careful to note that Samson’s “role was not central in any of these things, nor has it ever been alleged that his role was central.”

Over the past months, I have shared with the Governor my desire to conclude my service to the PANYNJ,” said Samson in a statement. “The timing is now right, and I am confident that the Governor will put new leadership in place to address the many challenges ahead.” You can’t really the blame the guy for sounding so over it.

Chris Christie, Bouncing Back, Gets Fiery Again