Chris Christie responds to hecklers with sexist blow-job joke

What’s a misogynist’s favorite way to shut a woman up? Oral sex jokes, of course. At least that’s the tack NJ Gov Chris Christie took with some hecklers at an event with Mitt Romney this past weekend. When a few women in the crowd yelled about jobs “going down,” Christie responded, “You know, something may be going down tonight, but it ain’t going to be jobs, sweetheart.”

This has widely been taken as a blowjob reference–although some dissenters read nothing sexual into it. Since his spokesman wouldn’t clarify what he meant, let’s assume that Christie is a sexist asshole. After all, this is is not the first time he’s lashed out at a woman who questioned him. Here’s a video of him lecturing a woman at a town hall meeting and admonishing her not to “giggle” if she wants an answer. And another outburst.

Of course, I care a lot more about Christie’s sexist policies than his sexist, off-hand comments. And there’s no ambiguity there: Last year, Christie cut $7.5 million in state family planning funding, forcing six clinics in the state to shut their doors. He stalled for months before finally signing a law to ensure rape victims don’t have to pay for their rape kits. It’s no wonder his approval rating among women voters dropped to a low of 36 percent this past summer.

I guess what I’m saying is: while silencing his critics with a crack about oral sex is not the most objectionable thing Christie’s ever done, it certainly doesn’t surprise me in the least.

Atlanta, GA

Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

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