Christie: 'I Am Not A Bully' Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) taking questions at his press conference Thursday while apologizing for the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge was asked if he was a bully: "No, I'm not, but politics ain't beanbag. Everybody in the country who engages in politics knows that. On the other hand, that's very, very different from saying, you know, that someone is a bully. I have very heated discussions and arguments with people in my own party and on the other side of is the aisle. I feel passionately about issues. I don't hide my emotions from people. I am not a focus-group-tested, blow-dried candidate or governor. Now, that has always made some people, as you know, uneasy. Some people like that style. Some people don't." "I am who I am, but I am not a bully."