This "sharia-law business is crap . . . and I'm tired of dealing with the crazies!" So blustered Chris Christie. Bluster is the New Jersey governor's default mode. It has certainly served him well. When directed at surly advocates of New Jersey's teachers' unions — who, after all, deserve it — bluster can apparently make a conservative heartthrob out of a pol whose bite is bipartisan moderate, however titillating his bark may be.

The style is so effective that Christie seems to be trying it out on everyone. A few weeks back, a local reporter had the audacity to ask His Honor whether he believes in creationism or evolution — a question that seemed more pertinent than impertinent in light of the controversy over whether the former ought to be taught in the schools that the governor's 9 million constituents subsidize to the tune of $11 billion annually. Yet his answer was to growl, "That's none of your business."

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