New Jersey Politician On Chris Christie: 'I Want To Punch Him In His Head'

07/03/2011 06:56 pm ET | Updated Sep 02, 2011
  • Alana Horowitz The Huffington Post

Chris Christie probably won't be invited to this lawmaker's 4th of July barbecue.

New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney slammed the governor on Friday after reviewing his line-item veto of the state budget.

“This is all about him being a bully and a punk,” he told the Newark Star Ledger. “I wanted to punch him in his head."

Sweeney had just risked his political neck to support the governor’s pension and health reform, and his reward was a slap across the face. The governor’s budget was a brusque rejection of every Democratic move, and Sweeney couldn’t even get an audience with the governor to discuss it.

Sweeney also called Christie "a rotten bastard" and compared him to Henry Potter, the miserly antagonist in 'It's A Wonderful Life.'

Politico reached out to Christie's office, who refuted Sweeney's comments.

"The Governor met with Steve Sweeney and Speaker Oliver for 1 1/4 hours privately on Monday afternoon June 27th, met with Sweeney on Tuesday before the bill signing, and spoke to Sweeney again on the phone Tuesday," the aide said. "Contrary to what the Senate President said, he was not sitting in his office 'like a nitwit' on Wednesday; he was in session with the Senate all day on Wednesday into the late evening — not waiting for the Governor to call him about a meeting."