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Chris Christie Gets In Heckler's Face (Video)

| by Jonathan Constante
New Jersey Governor Chris ChristieNew Jersey Governor Chris Christie

Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey was caught on video getting into a Chicago Cubs fan's face after being taunted at a baseball game (video below).

The incident occurred on July 30 at Miller Stadium in Milwaukee. Christie, whose son works for the Milwaukee Brewers, was walking back to his seat when fans began taunting him, WISN reported.

But it was one fan, Brad Joseph, who really got the attention of the New Jersey governor.

Joseph said he called Christie a hypocrite as he walked back to his seat with a tray full of nachos. That's when the governor turned around and got in Joseph's face.

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"Yeah, you're a big shot," Christie is heard saying in a now-viral video captured by WISN journalist Ben Hutchinson, who is a relative of Joseph.

"I appreciate that," Joseph replies.

The video only captured the end of the confrontation. Joseph later provided more details about the incident to the news station.

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"When he initially was going up the stairs I yelled his name. He was already quite a bit past me, and 30 feet away I yelled his name and told him that he sucked," Joseph told WISN. "I called him a hypocrite because I thought it needed to be said. He then turned around and walked all the way back towards me and got up in my face for what seemed like a long time, but was probably only about 30 seconds or a minute."

According to Joseph, Christie had made contact with him with his knee, and asked him whether he wanted to "do something" and "start something."

"(He) was yelling at me. First he told me, 'Why don't you have another beer?' which I thought was a decent come back, and I thought that was kind of funny," Joseph continued. "Then he started calling me a tough guy."

Joseph added that he felt he did nothing wrong.

"He is a public official and this is America and I think we have the right to say what you believe as long as it’s not crude or profane," Joseph said.

Christie recently made headlines when he was photographed at Island Beach Park over the Fourth of July weekend despite closing New Jersey's beaches to the public in a standoff over funding, the Daily Mail reported. The private beach is a part of his summer mansion.

The governor appeared on his monthly call-in radio show, "Ask the Governor on NJ 101.5 FM," to reflect on the incident, NJ.com reported. 

"[My kids] were more hurt by this latest episode than they've been hurt by anything else that has happened in the eight years and they don't understand people's unfairness and, quite frankly, their ignorance," Christie said. "They came to me and said, 'It's our fault, we should have just told you that we would have just told all of our friends to go away.' And I said to them, no, this was my decision. You're not the adult. I am."

Sources: WISN, Daily Mail, NJ.com / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/FlickrWISN via Daily Mail

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