In a stunning lack of sensitivity and self-awareness New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie referred to an African-American constituent as “boy” during a heated argument over the governor’s plan to privatize schools in New Jersey.

The man shouted “Fix the public schools.”

Christie responded “Yeah I hear ya boy, I hear ya.”

The original video was captured by NJTV with the edited clip making its way through the internet. Christie has gained a reputation for losing his temper and verbally assaulting constituents. In a town hall over a plan hatched by Governor Christie and South Jersey Political Boss George Norcross to takeover Rutgers-Camden a law student and former Navy SEAL questioned the governor on the plan – Governor Christie in turn called the man an idiot.

What still remains unclear is whether Governor Christie was being racially demeaning or just typically demeaning. Though neither is appropriate for a town hall.