It's commonplace for Mets fans to rip the Phillies and their fans, but when that Mets fan is the governor of New Jersey, it gets noticed.

On Wednesday on Sports New York Gov. Christie, a die-hard Mets fan, took a shot at the team's division rival.

"The Phillies suck, let's just start with that. They're from Philadelphia, they're an awful team, they're an angry bitter fan base, and it's not safe for civilized people to go to Citizens Bank Park if you want to root for the other team," Christie said.

That's what sports fans are about. No matter where you are in life or where you work, whenever you have a chance to rip a rival team, you take it. It's just the business of being a sports fan.

As a Giants fan who's worked in Philadelphia for a number of years, I have friends who are former Eagles players and we rip each other all the time. I would have less respect for the fan of any team if they did anything less.

Steve Trevelise is on the air from Monday-Thursday, 7 to 11 p.m. Tweet him @realstevetrev or @nj1015.

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