Testy NJ Gov. Chris Christie argues with voter outside polling place

The N.J. governor is no stranger to combative interactions with constituents.

The fiery Republican, who logged a 15 percent approval rating in a late-October poll by Quinnipiac University, faced off with a woman who asked him why he had not used his time in office to merge the adjoining towns of Mendham Borough and Mendham Township. Christie resides in Mendham Township.

"Because I can't," Christie responded in the exchange, captured by a reporter for The New York Times. "As governor, I can't. I don't have the authority to do it."

Christie's often testy disagreements with New Jerseyans brought widespread attention after his election in 2009. He frequently engaged in town halls across the state in which he raised his voice and scolded state residents in a fashion unusual for U.S. politicians.

"Listen, go in and vote for whoever you want," Christie said today as the woman asked why she should vote for "another Republican."

"The easiest thing in the world is to stand where you stand and stand on the sidelines and critique," he added, suggesting that she run for the township committee. "[It's] easier to sit here and complain, but you know what? That's the joy of public service … It's serving folks like you that is really such a unique joy. It really is."

"You're fabulous," he said.