Christie calls Phillies fan bitter; mayor calls him a bully

Philadelphia's Democratic mayor is coming to the city's defense against Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie once again

FILE- In this Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, 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) (Credit: AP)

PHILADELPHIA - (AP) -- Philadelphia's mayor is coming to the city's defense against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

The Republican governor this week declared that the Philadelphia Phillies "suck," that its fans are bitter and angry and that it's not safe for civilized people to go to their stadium.

Mayor Jim Kenney, a Democrat, responded Friday that Christie is "bitter and has got nowhere to go" after his failed presidential campaign. He called him a bully.

The Phillies had already responded, tweeting that they appreciate their fans' support as they "bridge" to a bright future. That was a dig at Christie over the George Washington Bridge lane closing scandal that has dogged his administration.

In 2014, Kenney went on a Twitter rant against Christie after the Philadelphia Eagles lost to Christie's favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys.

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