New Jersey Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney, center, D-Thorofare, answers a question in his office in Trenton, N.J., Tuesday, July 5, 2011, about recent comments he made about Gov. Chris Christie. ... more 
New Jersey Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney, center, D-Thorofare, answers a question in his office in Trenton, N.J., Tuesday, July 5, 2011, about recent comments he made about Gov. Chris Christie. Christie's spokeswoman says it was "inappropriate and disrespectful" for Sweeney to call the governor a "bully and a punk." Tuesday's response from Maria Comella was the first word from the governor's office after Sweeney's use of the harsh words to The Star-Ledger over the weekend. Sweeney was speaking about last-minute vetoes by the governor of several items in the state budget. Sweeney says many of the line-item vetoes were for political purposes and hurt the state's most vulnerable residents. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Mel Evans
Tue, Jul 5, 2011 2:59 PM EDT