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NJ Governor Christie confronted Cubs fan because he said "awful stuff"

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 18: Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie attends the game between the New York Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field on July 18, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he confronted a Chicago Cubs fan during Sunday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers because the man said "some really lousy, awful stuff" with a lot of children around.

The Republican governor was caught on video nearly getting in the man's face at Miller Park. "You're a big shot," Christie says before walking down the stairs.

Christie told CNN's Jake Tapper Monday night that he ignored the man's comments the first time, but when the man yelled at him again he says he felt like he had to say something.

Citing comments the Cubs fan made to a Milwaukee TV reporter, the Chicago Tribune reports the fan told Christie "that he sucked."

Christie says public officials are "not meant to be public punching bags."

The governor, who is in his final term in office, had another recent ballpark brush after fans at a Cardinals-Mets game proceeded to boo him loudly after he caught a foul ball at Citi Field. Christie later handed the ball to a younger fan. 

This isn't the first time Christie has reacted directly to his critics -- during his stint as a co-host on a local New York sports radio station, Christie was met with colorful language from a constituent upset over his latest controversy of spending the day at a closed beach during New Jersey's statewide shutdown

The governor responded by calling the angry caller "a bum" and "a communist."