New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was speaking to a group of schoolchildren last Friday when a spider crashed the party.

Christie walked up to the spider and smashed it.  He received applause from many of the schoolchildren in attendance and received an earful from PETA.

Christie wasn't worried about any backlash from killing the spider.  After killing it he said:

That's also another fun part of being governor.  Any bugs that land on your desk, you're allowed to kill them and not get in trouble.

President Obama swatted a fly in 2009. has PETA's response this time around:

Ingrid Newkirk, president of People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals, described Christie's killing of the spider as a thoughtless act.

"He probably did it without thinking. Some people put the spider outside, but spiders are often scary to people, and that can prevent them from pondering their worth," Newkirk said.

Sure.  It might have been nice to save the spider, but are we really that worried about it?

If I see i spider or another insect outside, I leave it alone.  A spider or insect found indoors is often met with a less fortunate fate.

As a husband and father, the controlling of insects and spiders is part of my job.  I think it might even be in my wedding vows.  I'll have to check.

At least PETA was able to use the spider to grab a few headlines.  You're welcome, PETA.

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