They've got love for 'hot and sexy' Christie

Gov. Christie, despite the confrontational bombast evident on YouTube, generally gets a mostly warm response at town hall meetings.

In Sussex County today at the northern top of the state, however, he was greeted with blazing, red-hot love when he delivered his plan to force public employees to pay more toward their benefits while cutting spending in his proposed budget.

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Gov. Christie said he worried the bill allowed gambling outside Atlantic City. A new version could come as early as next week. (MEL EVANS / Associated Press)

One woman even called him "hot and sexy." Others literally peered through open windows to catch a glimpse of the governor.

The Republican Christie said the time was now for pension and benefit reforms. He quoted State Senate President Stephen Sweeney, a Democrat, who said he had wanted to get pension and benefits reform put into law by mid-March.

"If property taxes go up in August, don't come see me, come see [Senate President] Steve Sweeney and [Assembly Speaker] Sheila Oliver," he said, blasting them for not approving the "tool kit" measures that he believes would lower taxes.

More on the town hall event in tomorrow's Inquirer and Philly.com...