(NEW YORK) At a high powered meeting with some of the richest financiers and hedge fund managers in the world who were urging him to run for President, Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey was asked for an “espresso, please, with a couple of sugar cubes, and quick” by one of the tycoons present, according to a person who participated in the meeting.
The fifty financiers and tycoons were called together by Ken Langone, a billionaire founder of Home Depot, to urge Christie to run for President. Mr. Langone has complained of President Obama’s “class warfare” against the richest Americans, and believes Christie to be an electable Republican alternative.
Mr. Christie eventually refused to be a candidate, claiming to be concerned about the effect a Presidential run would have on his family, but shortly before he made his response, one of the tycoons present -- identified by the participant as hedge fund billionaire Paul Tudor Jones -- snapped at the Governor, “Hey, fatso, lose some of that weight, why don’t you, by fetching me a coffee,” and put in his order for an espresso.
According to witnesses, there was an “awkward pause,” and some of those present “laughed nervously.” Then Governor Christie got up and went to prepare the beverage.
While he was absent from the room, says the participant, the tycoons laughed at Governor Christie’s choice of clothing and accent.