Matt Katz, New Jersey Public Radio
Governor Christie will hold his first town hall meeting with constituents - the first since members of his administration were directly linked to the order to close down traffic lanes at the George Washington Bridge in an apparent act of political payback.
Gov. Christie is holding his first town hall since June today in Port Monmouth, which was hit hard by Superstorm Sandy.
Christie's 109 town halls to this point have been a source of his strength and popularity. Hundreds of New Jerseyans show up for a 90-minute show featuring Christie's populist humor, tear-jerking stories and lively question-and-answer sessions.
This event, though, is expected to be a more mellow affair. Christie is dogged by a scandal involving lane closures at the George Washington Bridge and increasing wariness over his handling of Sandy relief funds.
Sandy will be the primary topic of today's town hall, with top officials stationed around the room here at the VFW hall to answer residents' questions.
.@GovChristie in a groove now: "If you stand up and ask a stupid question, I am telling you the crowd will turn on you." LOLs all over.— Matt Katz (@mattkatz00) February 20, 2014
Why was HGI fired? @GovChristie hasn't said. "ANSWER THE QUESTION!" calls out heckler.— Matt Katz (@mattkatz00) February 20, 2014