Christie in Heated Sparring With Teacher at Town Hall

KENILWORTH, N.J. (AP) -

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie got into a heated exchange over pensions with a public school teacher at a town hall meeting Tuesday that was marked by frequent outbursts from protesters.

Christie has been holding weekly town halls to press public pension reform. His second question was from Kathy Mooney, who questioned a settlement the state reached with Exxon Mobil over environmental damage.

“I want to know how you know that,” Christie pressed her.

At one point during the nearly 15-minute exchange, Mooney told Christie, “I’m not here to be bullied.”

There were some lighter moments. At one point, a little girl asked Christie to name his favorite dessert. The answer: ice cream.