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Chris Christie calls Phillies fans 'angry, bitter'

FILE- In this Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and his wife Mary Pat Christie watch as President Donald Trump signs House Joint Resolution 41 in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. The state Chamber of Commerce's 80th annual trip, nicknamed the "Walk to Washington" because rail riders generally pace the train's corridors schmoozing and handing out business cards, on Thursday, Feb. 16, comes after a national election that hinged in part on repudiating insiders and establishment politics. Christie is set to deliver the keynote address to the gathering. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
FILE- In this Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and his wife Mary Pat Christie watch as President Donald Trump signs House Joint Resolution 41 in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. The state Chamber of Commerce's 80th annual trip, nicknamed the "Walk to Washington" because rail riders generally pace the train's corridors schmoozing and handing out business cards, on Thursday, Feb. 16, comes after a national election that hinged in part on repudiating insiders and establishment politics. Christie is set to deliver the keynote address to the gathering. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
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Friday, February 17, 2017 11:17 AM
NEW YORK (AP) -- Many of Chris Christie's constituents live outside Philadelphia, but the New Jersey governor apparently has a low opinion of the Philadelphia Phillies and their fans.

Speaking Wednesday on SportsNet New York, Christie declared "the Phillies suck."

He went on to say the Phillies were an "awful team" with "an angry, bitter fan base." He also said it's not safe for civilized people to go to the Phillies' home stadium, Citizens Bank Park, if they want to root for an opposing team.

The Phillies attract many fans from southern New Jersey, across the river from Philadelphia.

In a tweet, the Phillies said they appreciate their fans' support as they "bridge" to a bright future. Their use of the word "bridge" is a dig at Christie over the George Washington Bridge lane closing scandal that has dogged his administration.

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