Going to a baseball game usually entails a beer, hot dog, peanuts, cracker jacks, and Chris Christie getting in you face. Wait, what? That is what happened to a Chicago Cubs fan on Sunday during a game against the Milwaukee Brewers. The New Jersey governor was at the game during the weekend, and people who saw him, let him know they could see him. Christie had already been razzed quite a bit by fans in the section he was sitting in, but one fan took it a bit too far.
Brad Joseph, a Cubs fan, was sitting in his seat for the game when Christie walked by. He yelled out the governor’s name and said “that he sucked.” Joseph also called Christie a hypocrite, saying that he felt it needed to be said. Apparently Christie’s original response was to yell at the guy to have another beer, but then the governor started back up the steps calling Joseph a tough guy.
After climbing up about 30 feet, Chris Christie got right into Joseph’s face, as the video shows and called him a big shot. Joseph thanked him and when Christie turned to go back to his seat, the fan, along with his friends were kind of in shock over what happened.
Joseph felt that it was his right, seeing as how Christie is a public official, to express his opinion. He said that with this being America, as long as you are not profane or crude, he should have the right to say what he felt. However, that brings up a point that no one seems to care about, according to ABC News.
Why was Christie at a Cubs and Brewers ball game, and was he their as a fan or was he there as the New Jersey governor. Some may argue that a politician is a politician no matter where they are, but he was not in his state. Many governors could go to a ball game in another state and not be recognized, but Christie has made a political name for himself with runs for president and other incidents.
One reason Christie was at the game, his son, Andrew Christie, has worked for the Brewers organization for the last few months. So he was likely there supporting his son. He was likely there as a fan. So since this was not a political event, should people be yelling things at the governor, or any political person in attendance? No. While this is an opinion, you go to a baseball game to watch a baseball game, not make a political statement. It would be different if he was the governor of Illinois or Wisconsin, the home states for the team. It would be different if he was announced as a special guest of the teams, or throwing out the first pitch, but in reality, it appeared Christie was there as nothing more than a fan, supporting his son who is employed by the Brewers.
Unfortunately for Governor Chris Christie, this is his second run-in with fans at a baseball game this year. On July 18, while attending a game at New York’s Citi Field, he caught a foul ball and fans booed him.
What do you CDA readers think? Was it appropriate for Joseph to yell things at the New Jersey Governor? Do you think Chris Christie handled things well? Would you yell things at a politician at a Major League Baseball Game? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
— Ben Hutchison (@BennyHutch) July 30, 2017
Opinion by Cletus Dillwood
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