NJ Gov. Chris Christie Makes Sexist Blowjob Joke Campaigning For Mitt Romney

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When I heard yesterday that New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie made a blowjob joke while campaigning for Mitt Romney, I thought it just sounded, at worst, crude. (And embarrassing for Romney’s squeaky-clean Mormon image, although that’s another story.)  Christie was rallying for Romney at a campaign stop in Exeter, New Hampshire, when some women started chanting about jobs going down. After a few distracting chants, Christie says, “You know, something may go down tonight but it ain’t going to be jobs, sweetheart.” 

Bawdy jokes don’t really offend me in general, so at first, I just thought it was a poor choice of words on Christie’s part given the circumstances, but not necessarily sexist. But now that I’ve watched the actual video tape of the incident, I’m inclined to agree it was sexist of Christie to make that joke: the tone of his voice is needlessly condescending when he says “something’s going to go down,” the fact he uses the word “tonight,” and the way he says “sweetheart” is dripping with sarcasm.  This isn’t just him shutting up a heckler (which, by the way, politicians literally do all the time without resorting to Christie’s behavior). This was about being rude to women in a sexual way.

As Feministing rightly points out, it is more disconcerting, overall, how Chris Christie’s policies regarding women are crappy. Last year, he cut over $7 million in funding for New Jersey state family planning clinics, which forced six clinics to shut down. But if put together, his crap policies and the way he tries to shut up female hecklers with a sexist blowjob jokes only underscore how the boy’s club of politics has got to go.

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