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Gov. Chris Christie Calls Reporter An 'Idiot' At Press Conference, Asks 'Are You Stupid?'

OCEANPORT, N.J. (CBSNewYork) - The New Jersey governor's short temper showed again on Saturday.

Chris Christie called a reporter an "idiot" for asking a question at a press conference. The insult came after the governor's press aides said that he would only take questions about the Monmouth County water emergency.

After that topic was exhausted, a reporter asked Christie about the special joint session of the legislature that he's called for Monday.

Christie was none too happy with the inquiry.

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

The reporter tried again but Christie cut him off before walking away.

It's not the first time that the governor has called someone who challenged him an idiot. He did the same to a former Navy Seal who asked him about the proposed mergers of several state universities.

As for that special session, he's set to make his case for a middle-class tax cut tomorrow.

It's certainly not the first time that we've seen the governor get frustrated with the press. Sound off with your thoughts and comments below...

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