Although Christie pointed out that current students would still graduate under the Rutgers name, the former SEAL wasn’t satisfied.
“What about my son? What about my neighbors? What about my friends?” he shouted
“Listen we’re not going to get into a debate here, ok?” Christie replied. “I sat here and listened to your story and your position — excuse me — without interrupting you.”
“It’s not a story, it’s the truth,” Brown shot back.
“Do you want to hear the answer or no? Do you want to hear me answer or don’t you? Because I’m not going to — I’ve heard you. OK, next question,” Christie said.
“Let me tell you something after you graduate from law school you conduct yourself like that in a courtroom, your rear end is going to be thrown in jail, idiot,” he added.
“I’m a combat veteran Navy SEAL, how’s that?” Brown yelled
as police escorted him from the building.
Outside the event, Brown spoke to reporters, while a police officer menacingly stood behind him.
“I thought it was inappropriate,” he said. “I thought freedom of expression, I voiced myself. I was never any threat. I never said. I never said anything that was threatening
. I was advocating for Rutgers Camden and for working families in south Jersey.”
“I thought he lost his cool,” the veteran remarked. “He was trying to shut me down… I thought he’s a bully sometimes and I don’t think that’s how a governor should react.”
Brown, a Democrat, lost his bid for the New Jersey State Assembly last year
in the highly-Republican Burlington County district.