Fantasy football fuels debate duel

October 29, 2015

Disgusted by a question during Wednesday night’s CNBC debate about fantasy football, U.S. presidential candidate Chris Christie joined his rivals in trashing the debate moderators and effectively tackled rival Jeb Bush in so doing.

Asked whether the federal government should regulate fantasy sports betting the former Florida governor embraced his ever-wonky side and answered: “There should be some regulation. I have no clue whether the federal government’s the proper place. My instinct is to say hell no just about everything about the federal government.” Bush said the sites that allow betting for money operated essentially the same as day trading.

So Christie took a cue from Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, who lambasted the moderators throughout the debate for their questions and tactics.

He grumbled: “We have $19 trillion in debt, we have people out of work, we have ISIS and al Qaeda attacking us, and we’re talking about fantasy football?”

Whereas Bush shrugged and leaned back, Christie leaned forward and into his answer, even making a sour face as he spoke.

“Enough on fantasy football. Who cares!”

Bush, to his credit, noted that he was 7-0 in his fantasy league, complete with New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

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