TEANECK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) -- "It's none of your business."
Those five words from Gov. Chris Christie over his children's education have New Jersey voters in a tizzy, reports CBS 2's Marcia Kramer.
He seems to revel in being the Billy Goat Gruff of New Jersey, but a particularly bombastic response by Gov. Christie on Thursday night to a parent on a public television show isn't sitting well with local residents.
A mom named "Gail" started the ball rolling.
"You don't send your children to public schools. You send them to private schools, so I was wondering why you think it's fair to be cutting funding to public schools?" the woman asked.
It was a question Christie has gotten before, but this time it seemed to have gotten under his skin.
"Hey Gail, you know what, first of all it's none of your business. I don't ask you where you send your kids to school. Don't bother me where I send mine," the governor responded.
Kramer took the video clip of the exchange to Teaneck where voters watched, listened and were appalled at the language coming out of the governor's mouth.
"I'd put him into time-out for language," Forrestine Sims said.
Christie certainly has his reasons for sending his kids to private school.
"We've decided as parents that we believe a religious education should be part of our kids' everyday education," Christie said.
But voters just didn't like his tone and his explanation.
Christie spokesman Mike Drewniak said the governor was "was just being honest with the caller in what he believes is a personal and private decision on where his children attend school."
The New Jersey Education Association said it has no problem with the governor sending his kids to private schools. It just would have liked for him to answer the question.
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