Chris Christie: I’m not a bully

September 26, 2013
AP Photo/Mel Evans New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie listens to a question as he announces his "Hurricane Sandy Flood Map Regulations" Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Seaside Heights, N.J. The town, which was featured in the MTV reality show "Jersey Shore" sustained substantial damage to homes and its boardwalk during Superstorm Sandy. ()
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said in an interview set to air on "CBS Sunday Morning" this weekend that he's not a bully.

"No, I am not a bully. But what I am is a fighter,” Christie said in the interview. “I think a bully is abusive. And a fighter is someone who’s willing to mix it up to defend his or her point of view.”

Christie has been accused by his political enemies of being a bully, and a poll last year showed 45 percent of New Jerseyans used that word to describe him. (The other choice was "leader"; Christie has since become much more popular and is heavily favored to win reelection.)

Christie also said in the interview that he considered leaving politics after losing two elections in the mid-1990s. He lost one race for the state general assembly in 1995 and then reelection as a county freeholder in 1997.

"You think like, you only want to do things that you’re successful at,” he said. “It caused me to reflect a lot, and to just think about whether or not this is really the right thing for me to do."

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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