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Published October 06, 2012, 11:03 AM

Christie needles Democrats, NDSU football opponent

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took aim Saturday morning at North Dakota's Democratic Senate candidate, her brother and the homecoming opponent of the North Dakota State football team.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took aim Saturday morning at North Dakota's Democratic Senate candidate, her brother and the homecoming opponent of the North Dakota State football team.

Christie's appearance in Fargo was billed by state Republicans as a "victory rally" for all candidates, but he focused on the Senate race between Republican Rick Berg and Democrat Heidi Heitkamp.

Christie said it's a close contest, but Berg is up for the challenge.

The governor also chided Fargo talk show host Joel Heitkamp, Heidi's brother. Christie drew loud cheers when he said he didn't "give a damn" what Heitkamp thought of him.

And he poked fun at Youngstown State, the Ohio university and NDSU's football opponent Saturday afternoon.

Christie said: "Come on, you guys are the Bison. They're the Penguins."

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