When it comes to fostering a community of inclusion and acceptance, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie isn’t always on board. After all, that usually only comes through building bridges and we all know Christie (allegedly) prefers to block them. … With that in mind, it’s likely no surprise that the 54-year-old decided to further alienate the City of Brotherly Love on Thursday (and probably some of his own southernmost constituents) by railing against Philadelphia’s baseball team.

“The Phillies suck. Let’s just start with that,” Christie began his rant on SportsNet New York television on Wednesday night. “They’re from Philadelphia. They’re an awful team.”

He then continued, tearing into Phillies fans, while taking a shot at the team’s recent usurpation of a famous New York Mets slogan.

“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. “Ya gotta believe what? Ya gotta believe we’re awful people.”

Instead of getting angry, however the Phillies decided to get even. On Thursday, the team responded with a savage subtweet referencing the Bridgegate scandal that has haunted Christie since 2013.

Coincidentally, the case got new legs on Thursday when a New Jersey judge ruled a citizen’s criminal complaint against Christie can move forward. The complaint alleges Christie knew about his staff’s plan to shut down the George Washington Bridge that connects New Jersey and New York after a local mayor refused to back Christie’s reelection campaign in 2013.

With that on his plate, it looks like Christie might have to dig a little deeper to rattle Philly sports fans. This is the second time within a month that he’s tried. In January, Christie, who prefers New York teams and also the Dallas Cowboys, went off on Eagles fans, whom he called “generally angry, awful people,” during an interview on the “Boomer and Carton” show on New York’s WFAN.

Unlike the Phillies, however, the Eagles did not choose to respond.