A woman attending New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) town hall on Thursday said some “Resign Christie” signs she made and brought to the meeting were confiscated by the governor’s staff.
Isabel Newson, 48, told the New Jersey Star-Ledger that she’d made three paper copies of the sign for the event. When she held up the first two signs, she said, Christie staffers told her she’d have to leave the hall where the meeting took place if she didn’t remove the signs. When she refused, she said they took away the copies themselves.
Newson told the newspaper that when she held up the third sign, a Middletown, N.J. police officer first asked her to leave and later asked her to lower the sign so as not to obstruct other attendees’ views. No one threatened to physically remove her from the hall, she said.
“I said I have a right to be here. It’s a public forum,” Newsom told the Star-Ledger.
A spokesman for Christie told the newspaper that signs are not allowed at Christie’s town halls.
“We have a long-standing policy of not allowing any signs, either for or against the administration, at town hall meetings,” spokesman Colin Reed said. “At no point today was this person ever asked to leave the town hall by anyone.”
Newson told the Star-Ledger that she lost her home during Hurricane Sandy and is unhappy with the pace that Christie’s administration is awarding grant money to Sandy victims.
“There are too many scandals. It’s too much to handle,” she said, adding “I don’t see help anywhere. People are suffering.”
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Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at email@example.com.