'That's not defiance -- that's arrogance': Mika Brzezinski shreds beach-goer Chris Christie's tough guy act
Mika Brzezinski speaks to Robert Costa (MSNBC/screen grab)

MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski tore into New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) for making use of a beach that he had forced the state to close during budget negotiations.


"I just think it was rude," Brzezinski noted on Wednesday's Morning Joe broadcast. "That beach was closed. Why do you think you are better than everybody else? Why do you think you work harder than everybody else?"

Washington Post reporter Robert Costa asserted that defiance had been a hallmark of Christie's time in office.

"This defiance is at the core of his political persona," he explained. "It was really at the heart of why he became a Republican star."

"You've got to be defiant about the right things," Brzezinski insisted. "Being defiant about taking your family on an elite journey to the beach that nobody else can go to in your government mansion?"

"That's not defiance, that's arrogance," she added. "Two different things."

Watch the video below from MSNBC, broadcast July 5, 2017.