Not all of Anthony Weiner’s zingers are jokes

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Briefing: Weiner in Canarsie. (Azi Paybarah via flickr)
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Anthony Weiner was in fine comic form last night at a campaign stop in Canarsie.

In response to a woman seated in the front who had raised her hand to ask him a question, Weiner, jokingly, asked whether she was "flirting" with him. People in the small room laughed.

At another point, while discussing the need for community policing and better relations between the communities and cops on the beat, Weiner said some officers "could use a few hours on a bike, you know what I'm saying?"

The Observer picked up on one of Weiner's jokes and the Post highlighted another.

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But even as Weiner reverts publicly from apology-tour mode to his more natural wise-guy persona, he continues to offer arguments that are provocative in the context of the primary, like the one that passing recent city budgets, with their built-in spikes in home assessments and projections for more revenue from fines and fees, was tantamount to voting for a tax increase on city residents.

It's an argument that's aimed right at City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and City Comptroller John Liu, since they all shaped some of those budgets or voted for them.

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"Whenever you talk about Mayor Bloomberg, this look of disgust washes over your face. … You have a posionous relationship with the mayor and it has cost the city a quarter of a billion dollars." — Josh Robin

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