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Christie lays into CNBC debate hosts over fantasy football


Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 10:26 PM

‘Are we really talking about fantasy football,’ an incredulous Chris Christie yelled at Wednesday night’s 2016 GOP debate on CNBC.Mark J. Terrill/AP

Presidential contender Chris Christie may need a reality check when it comes to fantasy football.

The outspoken New Jersey governor lashed out at CNBC moderators at Wednesday night’s GOP 2016 debate, blasting the quartet of hosts for asking questions about fantasy football and online sports betting.

“Are we really talking about fantasy football,” an incredulous Christie yelled after the question was asked. “Wait a second, we have $ 19 trillion in debt, people out of work, ISIS and Al Qaeda attacking us and we’re talking about fantasy football?”

Fellow candidate Jeb Bush had just finished answering the question, bragging that he’s 7-0 in his fantasy football league before saying that “there should be some regulation” with fantasy sports betting

But Christie, whose line about disputing why it was even an issue to be discussed received huge applause, wasn’t done.

“Let people play, who cares,” he yelled.

As moderator John Harwood tried to regain control, Christie showed off his Jersey roots.

“Even in New Jersey what you’re doing is called rude,” Christie admonished Harwood.

Amid his outburst, however, Christie, may forgotten an email his own campaign sent supporters just weeks ago, equating the 2016 presidential race with fantasy football.

“Have you set your lineup this week,” Christie campaign Digital Director Lauren Fritts wrote in the Sept. 24 email. “This is a friendly reminder to double check and submit your lineup before the start of the Giants … game tonight at 8:25 p.m.”

“A double reminder that you need to pick your 2016 lineup! As you saw in the last debate, Team Christie is on offense, and we need your help to keep moving the ball down the field,” the email stated. “Visit www.chrischristie.com/donate and chip in to set up your 2016 lineup with Team Christie today!”

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