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Chris Christie Blows Up At Jersey Shore Heckler

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Chris Christie's temper strikes again.

While on vacation with his family in Seaside Heights, N.J. on Thursday, the Republican governor lashed out at a passerby who, according to TMZ, made a derisive comment about his education policies.

"You're a real big shot," Christie fired back at his heckler. "You're a real big shot shooting your mouth off."

The man responded: "Just take care of the teachers."

Christie approached the man, yelling at him to "keep walkin' away ... keep walkin'." A man accompanying Christie then put his hand on the governor's shoulder and walked with him in the opposite direction.

The boardwalk blow-up is the latest in a string of outbursts from the New Jersey governor, who has been rumored to be a potential vice presidential pick for Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

Earlier this week, Christie shut down a reporter at a press conference, questioning his intelligence.

"Did I say on topic? Are you stupid? On topic, on topic. Next question," Christie said. "Thank you all very much and I'm sorry for the idiot over there."

In March, the governor used a similar line of attack when he got in a shouting match with a Navy SEAL who, like the boardwalk heckler, questioned Christie's education proposals. Christie called the veteran an "idiot" and warned that he was "gonna get thrown in jail" for his behavior.

But Christie's fighting words aren't just reserved for his constituents. He has been known to publicly blast members of the New Jersey state legislature, such as a state senator who Christie branded as an "arrogant S.O.B." last month. Earlier this year, he called a Democratic opponent "numbnuts" over his gay marriage stance.

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