06/02/2009 10:39 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

"Challenged" Might Have Been A Better Word

Too funny to be buried in the "outliers" feature and just in time for New Jersey's Primary Election Day, PolitickerNJ [reports][1] (via [Hotline Wake-up Call][3]):

>In a radio interview tonight, gubernatorial candidate Steve Lonegan called a Fairleigh Dickinson Poll that showed him trailing rival Chris Christie by 24 points in the Republican primary "retarded."

>The poll was brought up by NJ 101.5 "Jersey Guys" host Casey Bartholomew, who used it to argue his point that Lonegan was unelectable. When he heard Lonegan use the term "retarded", he checked to make sure he heard correctly.

>"I said just that: retarded Fairleigh Dickinson poll," said Lonegan.

See the full article for a gracious response from Fairleigh Dickinson pollster Peter Woolley and the earlier quote from a Lonegan supporter who called characterized the word "retard" as "hate speech."

Our compilation of all public polls on the New Jersey Republican Primary can be found [here][2].

Update: Via [@lozzola][4], a public service link to the ["r" word campaign][5].