New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie didn’t get a whole lot of time to speak during Wednesday night’s Republican candidates’ debate in Boulder, Colo.: A whopping six minutes over the debate’s first 90 minutes, according to Matt Arco of NJ Advance Media. This despite his previous promise to “go nuclear” if not given enough time.
But Christie found his opening Wednesday when Jeb! Bush was asked about fantasy football, a subject covered by every candidates’ forum since the historic Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858. (Note: possibly not accurate.) Jeb! responded first by saying he’s 7-0 in his league thanks to Rob Gronkowski and Ryan Tannehill, a statement that deserves scrutiny because, well, I have Ryan Tannehill on my team, and he’s had one good week. Anyhoo, Jeb! then said fantasy football — and we assume he’s talking about daily fantasy here, not the type where Ryan Tannehill leads you to a 7-0 record — needs to “become something that needs to be looked at in terms of regulation.”:
Effectively, it’s day-trading without any regulation at all. And when you have insider information, which apparently has been the case — where people use that information, use big data to try to take advantage of it, there has to be some regulation. If they can’t regulate themselves, then the NFL needs to move away from them a little bit, and there should be some regulation. I have no clue whether the federal government is the right place. My first instinct is to say, ‘Hell no.’ “
Are we really talking about getting the government involved in fantasy football? 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? Can we stop? How about this? How about we get the government to do what they’re supposed to be doing. Secure our borders, protect our people and support American values and American families. Enough on fantasy football. People play, who cares?
As governor of New Jersey, Christie has made numerous attempts to circumvent the federal near-prohibition of sports gambling in the United States in order to bring such wagering to the states casinos and racetracks, with incremental success. So his thoughts on government regulation of daily fantasy (a.k.a. sports gambling) shouldn’t be all that surprising. But will they get him above ninth place in the polls?
[H/t: The Big Lead]