Sweeney sounds off (this time, without the bad words)

A post-budget war of words between GOP Gov. Christie and Democratic Senate President Stephen Sweeney continued today with Sweeney's visit to The Inquirer's editorial board.

Some background: On Sunday, Star-Ledger columnist Tom Moran quoted an agitated Sweeney saying some choice words about the governor -- including one word that is more commonly spoken at Eagles-Cowboys games, not in pages of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Sweeney also called Christie a "punk" and "a mean old bastard that screws everybody."

Sweeney was angry over the governor's massive cuts to the Democratic budget in the wake of their bipartisan agreement on health benefits and pension reform. "I wanted to punch him in his head," Sweeney said.

The state Republican party has demanded an apology. And Christie's office said this: “The Governor believes the language used was inappropriate and disrespectful to the office, but he continues to stand ready to work with Senator Sweeney and the Legislature in a bipartisan manner to get things done for the people of New Jersey.”