7 Things Chris Christie Is Tired of: A Timeline

The New Jersey governor has a long history of expressing his impatience.
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Has any politician in recent memory been as tired as often as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie? That's not to say that the prospective 2016 candidate for president suffers from narcolepsy; rather, he often finds himself expressing how fed up he is on a wide-ranging number of issues. 

On Tuesday, while addressing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington Christie declared, "I’m tired of hearing about the minimum wage. I really am." That choice of words was strangely familiar to anyone who has followed Christie's career. Here, then, is a timeline of the governor reaching his limit on a given topic. 

Bridgegate investigation, Sept. 18, 2014 

After months of scrutiny over his purported role in the closure of traffic lanes to exact political payback from those who did not support his re-election campaign, Christie told reporters in Trenton that he "was tired" of the ongoing investigation into his administration. 

“The fact is that they’ve been digging around for eight months now and have found absolutely nothing,” Christie quipped. “Wrap up your work. Do your job.”

"This damn snow," March 20, 2014

At a town hall meeting, Christie took a question from Samuel, a 3-year-old boy who, like Christie himself, seemed tired of being in the grip of the polar vortex and all of the "damn snow" the winter had brought. 

“It’s getting warm,” Samuel said. “Are you excited to go to the New Jersey beach?”

“Come here,” Christie said. “I am excited to go to the Jersey Shore, Samuel. And I think like everybody else I am ready to get rid of this damn snow, Samuel.”

Focus-group tested answers, Nov. 20, 2013 

Participating in the Wall Street Journal's CEO Council forum, Christie railed against Obamacare, and bristled when asked how he would replace the healthcare legislation. "With all due respect, that's part of the culture here, that somebody thinks that I can solve Obamacare in 14 minutes, and solve the healthcare crisis in 14 minutes. I got 30 seconds on Iran and 22 seconds on Syria, you know, and we'll solve the whole thing, carve it up. These are complex problems and people are tired of these focus-group tested, blow-dried answers that people give that all sound the same." 


Teachers, Nov. 2, 2013

When Christie, who was campaigning for reelection, was confronted by a teacher who asked, “Why do you continue to spread the myth that our schools and teachers are failing?” the governor's patience ran short. 

“Because they are!” Christie fired back, adding, “I am tired of you people.”

Warren Buffett, Feb. 21, 2012

In an interview with CNN host Piers Morgan on the topic of tax rates for the rich, Christie let it be known what he thought of Warren Buffett's insistence that the wealthy in America did not pay enough.

"He should just write a check and shut up," Christie said. "I'm tired of hearing about it. If he wants to give the government more money, he's got the ability to write a check -- go ahead and write it." 

Giving out fake diplomas, Sept. 13, 2011

Pushing education reform, Christie lashed out at the practice of offering honorary college diplomas to those who have not qualified to attend institutions of higher learning. 

Anti-Muslim "crazies," July 26, 2011

After receiving criticism for nominating Muslim-American Sohail Mohammed to the New Jersey Superior Court, Christie lashed out and said he was "tired of  the crazies" who would have denied Mohammed a spot on the bench. 

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