the protesters yelled in call-and-response form, disrupting an event for the Mitt Romney campaign being held at the headquarters of regional gas and grocery chain Kum & Go. “Bust up big banks, make Wall Street pay, put people first.”
Occupy Wall Street protesters interrupted New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) during an appearance in Iowa Wednesday, making him the latest target of a “mic check,” a tool that has become popular in the movement.
“Chris Christie and Mitt Romney serve the corporate 1 percent,” the protesters yelled in call-and-response form, disrupting an event for the Mitt Romney campaign being held at the headquarters of regional gas and grocery chain Kum & Go. “Bust up big banks, make Wall Street pay, put people first.”
Christie shot back, chiding the demonstrators and addressing them like children throwing a tantrum.
“You’re so angry aren’t ya? So angry. So terrible. Now let them continue. Let them continue. Work it all out. Work it out for yourselves,” Christie said, before referring to the protesters as “jokers.”
When the demonstrators were removed, Christie got back on track, asking, “Where was I before I was so New Jersey-ly interrupted?”
He later blamed President Obama for the type of “anger” that was feeding the Occupy movement and disruptions such as this, claiming it was “rooted in the fact that they believed in this hope and change garbage that they were sold three years ago by this president.”
Christie continued, suggesting that Occupy supporters have only themselves to blame.
“But they’re not mature enough to know they should be angry with themselves so they’re going to be angry with me or Governor Romney or some of you,” he said.
Earlier in the year, Christie appeared to have more sympathy for the movement.
“I understand why they’re angry. Because you look down at what’s happening in Washington, D.C., it should disgust all of us. You have a president who’s unwilling to drag people to the same room and bang heads and force solutions. You have Congress in both parties who won’t talk to each other,” Christie said at a town hall-style event in N.J. in October. “At the same time we have people out in the country who are suffering. And they’re playing games in Washington, D.C.”
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