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NJ Gov. Christie pokes fun at YSU Penguins at site of today’s big football game

Published: Sat, October 6, 2012 @ 12:15 p.m.

NJ Gov. Christie pokes fun at YSU Penguins at site of today’s big football game

Associated Press


New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took aim Saturday morning at North Dakota’s Democratic Senate candidate, her brother and Youngstown State University, today’s homecoming opponent of the No. 1- ranked North Dakota State football team.

Christie’s appearance in Fargo was billed by state Republicans as a “victory rally” for all candidates, but he focused on the Senate race between Republican Rick Berg and Democrat Heidi Heitkamp.

Christie said it’s a close contest, but Berg is up for the challenge.

The governor also chided Fargo talk show host Joel Heitkamp, Heidi’s brother. Christie drew loud cheers when he said he didn’t “give a damn” what Heitkamp thought of him.

Christie's 20-minute speech also included a jab at Youngstown State University, NDSU's opponent Saturday afternoon in a matchup of top-ranked Football Championship Subdivision teams at the Fargodome. Both teams carried undefeated season records into the game.

"Come on, you guys are the Bison. They're the Penguins," Christie said to a roar. "Mercy, man, mercy. Mercy on the Penguins, for goodness sakes."

Christie also has a campaign appearance for Romney in the Mahoning Valley on Tuesday. Details of the event have not been announced yet.

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