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  •  To be fair, it is an implied reference to his (1+ / 0-)
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    I can't stand chris chrusty any more than most people who look past the MSM for news and information. However, as an overweight person myself, I'm sick of it being OK to fat bash!

    It never ceases to amaze me how people who would bristle at the thought of using derogatory terms to describe women or people of color, have no problems putting someone down for his or her appearance if he or she is overweight. The whole idea that it's different because fat people are fat because of their own decisions, is bullshit! Derogatory speech is hate speech, period. There is no place for it.

    I'm disappointed to hear Buono make this implied reference. It might get her a few votes, but it's really slimy to try to gang up on people for their appearance, whether they're responsible for it or not. That's what bullies do -- yeah, I know christie is a mean bully himself, but two wrongs don't make a right. Buono should get people to vote against christie by telling them what he does that's against their best interests, what she'll do differently and how it will better serve their interests. Making off handed remarks referring to his appearance -- no matter how stealthy the implications are -- is just negative campaigning which takes attention away from the issues.

    Don't get me wrong, I'd still vote for Buono if I was in New Jersey. But with this reference to his appearance, she just revealed herself to be yet another lesser of two evils politician with typically questionable personal integrity who will tell people whatever she thinks they want to hear. Just like cory bankster.

    •  But where is it implied? (2+ / 0-)
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      That's the big question.

      My impression was that Barbara Buono used Chris Christie being on the beach as a negative because of what he's done as Governor as of this year, not because of his weight.  That's where it seemed to be leading to.

      •  Actually, I think she was reminding people of (2+ / 0-)
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        a picture of christie at the beach in a bathing suit.

        I saw it a few years ago and spent a few minutes looking for it on google before posting, but I couldn't find it. I don't think it was photoshopped and it's not a very flattering picture of him. People who are repulsed by fat people would be repulsed by this pic. I wish I could find a link for it, as I believe the pic is what she was thinking of and reminding her audience of, without even saying so.

        Anyway, the line was,

        "I don't know about you but seeing Chris Christie frolicking on the beach is not going to drive me to go to the shore."
        Her tone of voice and her laughter is all about the dual meaning of her statement. Sure christie has done some controversial ads and photo ops on the beach since the hurricane. But her saying that, especially using the word, "frolicking," is meant to emasculate him and paint a stereotypical negative image of fat chris christie in people's minds. In my mind, it's dirty politics.
        •  Not sure about the dirty politics part (1+ / 0-)
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          But her saying that, especially using the word, "frolicking," is meant to emasculate him and paint a stereotypical negative image of fat chris christie in people's minds. In my mind, it's dirty politics.
          Unless this is a regular symptom of Barbara Buono's campaign, I don't see how it can be dirty politics if there is an implication on Christie's weight.  At worst, Buono seems to have been mostly frustrated by Christie as Governor that it's possible she let that frustration get in the way and perhaps that's where you mention the implication of it being dirty politics.  Also, Buono didn't go on and on about it so if she has to apologize just for that brief moment, so be it.

          Dirty politics in my view is something that is done deliberately.  I'm not even sure Buono's remark was done deliberately.

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