- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Regulating fantasy football is not high on Chris Christie’s to-do list if he is elected president.

The New Jersey governor lambasted the idea Wednesday that the subject should even be broached in the third presidential debate, after former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush raised the possibility of regulating fantasy football more like gambling or stock trading.

“Are we really talking about getting the government involved in fantasy football?” Mr. Christie barked, interrupting the CNBC moderators.

“We have $19 trillion in debt. We have people out of work We have ISIS and al Qaeda attacking us and we are talking about fantasy football?” he said, sparking applause from the audience, as well as Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

The comments came after Mr. Bush shared the success he has had in a fantasy football league and then suggested that the federal government or some other entity could have role regulating the games.

“I think this has become something that should be looked at in terms of regulations,” Mr. Bush said. “Effectively it is day trading without any regulation at all.”

Mr. Christie went in a different direction..

“Seriously?” he barked. “How about we get the government doing what they are supposed to be doing: secure our borders, protect our people and support American values and America families.”

“Enough on fantasy football, let people play. Who cares?” he said.

• Seth McLaughlin can be reached at smclaughlin@washingtontimes.com.

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