Chris Christie defended his recent confrontation with a Chicago Cubs fan, calling his reaction 'very mellow'.
The New Jersey governor appeared on ?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen Monday night, a day after he was caught on video getting inches from the face of Cubs fan Brad Joseph at the Milwaukee Brewers stadium to give him a telling off.
'Yeah, you're a real big shot,' Christie says in the video, before walking back to his seat with a tray of nachos in hand.
When questioned by Jake Tapper about the incident, Christie said he had no regrets over how he spoke with the fan.
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie defended his recent confrontation with a Chicago Cubs fan during an appearance on CNN Monday night
He said that the man had been yelling 'some really awful things' at him, in front of his son and children at the stadium. (Christie's 24-year-old son Andrew works for the Brewers. He also has another son, 17-year-old Patrick.)
Christie says he ignored the man the first time he yelled 'some really lousy awful stuff' but went to confront him after he repeated the verbal abuse.
Most of these folks, they think they can say anything they want. Public officials are public servants, but they're not meant to be public punching bags.
NJ Gov. Chris Christie
'I've already said this. Whether it's at my town hall meetings or anyplace else: If you give it, you're going to get it back,' Christie said.
He went on to say that he thought his decision to call the man out was 'a very mellow reaction from a New Jersey governor'.
He also said he doesn't think it's right that public servants such as himself are harassed in public.
'Most of these folks, they think they can say anything they want. Public officials are public servants, but they're not meant to be public punching bags,' Christie said.
'I'm at a ball game with my son, enjoying the game and having no interaction with anybody on public policy issues or anything else. I don't think it's the right of anybody to stand up and swear at you and curse you out,' he added.
Christie was caught on camera getting up into a Chicago Cubs fan's face while holding a tray of nachos in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Sunday
Footage shows the unpopular New Jersey Governor leaning in just inches from the fan's face in the stands as he balanced the tray of loaded nachos
Christie could be heard