CLEARWATER, Fla. – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie aimed harsh criticism at fans of the Philadelphia Phillies.
On Feb. 15 Christie made an appearance on SportsNet New York and said, “The Phillies suck, let’s just start with that. They’re from Philadelphia. They’re an awful team. They’re an angry, bitter fan base and it’s not safe for civilized people to go to Citizens Bank Park if you want to root for the other team.”
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney came to his city’s defense when speaking with Angelo Cataldi of 94 WIP Sports Radio on Feb. 17.
Cataldi asked Kenney, “What are our people really like”
Kenney responded, “Our sports fans and our sports environment is a terrific experience and I’ve been in this city my whole life.”
The Phillies also came to the defense of their fans when they tweeted, “We love our fans and appreciate their unwavering support as we ‘bridge’ to a bright future!”
The use of “bridge” was meant as reference to the George Washington Bridge scandal that occurred during Christie’s administration.
Interestingly, this was not the first time that Christie criticized sports fans from Philadelphia even though many of his constituents are Philadelphia fans due to the proximity of Philadelphia and New Jersey.
In January, he made similar judgments on Philadelphia Eagles fans when he called them, “generally angry, awful people.”
Kenney also said, “Remember, he’s a bully and bullies always lose.”