New Jersey Governor and unabashed Mets fan Chris Christie isnât in the business of endearing himself from a sports-fan perspective to many of his constituents, apparently. A good portion of New Jersey is in the Philadelphia area -- notably âSouth Jerseyâ which is nearly all Philly fans -- but yet, Christie still said this Wednesday night on SNY when Philadelphia was mentioned (via csnphilly.com):
âThe Phillies suck. Letâs just start with that,â Christie said. âTheyâre from Philadelphia. Theyâre an awful team. Theyâre an angry, bitter fan base and itâs not safe for civilized people to go to Citizens Bank Park if you want to root for the other team. Ya gotta believe what? Ya gotta believe weâre awful people.â
The video evidence, lest you accuse us of fake news:
Looks like a guy yucking it up with his pals, but itâs the Internet era and he had to know that would reach Philly, so Gov. Christie obviously doesnât care. I also couldnât find any evidence that Citizens Bank Park is any more unsafe than any other big-league park. I mean, there was an idiot who threw a bottle at Ryan Howard last year, but thatâs a home player and one rogue fan. Every park has idiots. Rogers Centre had one in the AL wild-card game almost disrupt play.
But thatâs what fans do, they talk smack about the teams and fan bases they hate. Itâs just surprising to see a politician not tone it down when it comes to his own state.
Hat-tip: Hardball Talk