New York | Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012
Michael Bloomberg has never been especially cozy with the City Hall press corps, and with temperatures recently soaring, the mayor has gotten shorter with reporters. During an outdoor news conference yesterday Bloomberg was caught off-guard by a question about the brawl that broke out at the freshly reopened McCarren Park Pool in Williamsburg late last week. ““I had no idea there was an incident,” he said. “What was the incident? Did someone go swimming?” The reporter explained the fight to him–a group of teenagers had dragged a lifeguard into the pool and punched him about the head.
“Well, what do you want me to say?” Bloomberg replied. “O.K., we’ll put a cop next to every lifeguard in the city.” Then the mayor and assembled journalists briskly moved on to the next topic. Bloomberg was not the only local politician to have a heatwave-induced meltdown. After a helicopter tour of a drought-plagued Garden State county, New Jersey governor Chris Christie went off on a reporter who asked him about the upcoming legislative session. “Are you stupid?” Mr. Christie asked. “On topic! On topic! Next question.” Then, before leaving the podium, Christie added, “I’m sorry for the idiot over there. Take care.”