Matt Katz, New Jersey Public Radio
Fresh off signing a budget that vetoed tax hikes on millionaires and reduced a public worker pension payment, Gov. Chris Christie was followed by protesters wherever he went Tuesday.
Christie began the day in Paterson, where dozens of teacher union protesters caused such a ruckus at the swearing-in ceremony for the new mayor that Christie left before the ceremony was over. Later, at a town hall meeting in Caldwell, he was interrupted by protesters four times.
But he got support from a college student named Danielle Cavallo.
"When people [ask] me why I move here I tell them it's because I'm obsessed with you, so that's why," said Cavallo, 21.
"Well I gotta tell you, this hasn't been a bad day, but it just got better," Christie said.
"This is literally like the moment of my life," Cavallo said.
Then, the protesters began chanting — even as they were escorted out of the Caldwell Community Center by state police. The protesters were upset that Christie vetoed college tuition aid for undocumented immigrants in his new budget.
They read their chants off their phones, though.
"If it was really something heartfelt, why do they all have to read it off of their iPhone?" Christie asked, to applause.