New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is stressed and really needs a vacation.
A string of outbursts culminated earlier this week with the public humiliation of a reporter questioning his intelligence.
"Did I say on topic? Are you stupid? On topic, on topic. Next question," Christie said. "Thank you all very much and I'm sorry for the idiot over there."
So Christie wisely took a much needed break this week, bringing his children to the Jersey Shore at Seaside Heights.
But even that could not keep the governor's temper in check.
Last night on the boardwalk, Christie lashed out at a passerby who made a comment about his education policies.
"You're a real big shot," Christie shouted at the man. "You're a real big shot shooting your mouth off."
"Just take care of the teachers," the man responded.
Christie then marched towards the man, yelling at him to "keep walkin' away ... keep walkin'."
A man accompanying Christie then put his hand on the governor's shoulder and walked with him in the opposite direction.
The New York Times reports an aide to the governor said the heckler had been using profanity.
Yesterday, before the boardwalk outburst, Christie celebrated the brusque style that has made him an internet celebrity by announcing that he had "hit 5 million views on YouTube! What better way to celebrate than to take a look back to see how we got here." Here's the highlight reel he put together for the occasion:
And who could forget when Christie trashed the “Jersey Shore” kids for their antics on the TODAY show in 2010. Watch the video at 4:10:
Perhaps what Christie really needs an extended vacation. By then, he'll be chilled out and ready to run as Mitt Romney's vice presidential running, as has been rumored, right?