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Mike from Montclair on Chris Christie: It was like a boxing match

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s audition for Mike Francesa’s spot on WFAN was a roller coaster Monday, featuring the Knicks, the Yankees and a little bit of politics.

After listening to Christie, longtime caller Mike Goldstein, better known as Mike from Montclair, had enough sports talk. He picked up the phone, dialed the radio station and informed the call-screener he wanted to talk about Aaron Judge and the Yankees.

In reality, Goldstein intended to respectfully confront the governor about utilizing the governor’s mansion on Island Beach State Park over July 4th, but Christie’s response to another caller sparked Mike’s outrage.

“That’s good,” Christie said to caller named John from Montclair after he said that the governor had done a horrible job. “You lost twice, John. That shows how much you matter. You went 0-2.”

“I really want to emphasize this: He tried to embarrass the guy before me. And I was not going to let that happen to me,” Goldstein told NBC Sports Tuesday. “I was going to fight fire with fire.”

Here is what Goldstein said to the governor:

“Governor, next time you want to sit on a beach that is closed to the entire world except you, you put your fat ass in a car and go to one that’s open to all your constituents, not just you and yours.”

“It’s like being in a boxing match and I stunned him. Once he got his footing back, I knew he would come back at me. It went exactly as I expected it to go. I didn’t expect him to call me a communist… I definitely jarred him.”

The Governor’s office did not respond to a request for comment.

Goldstein, who has been a Montclair resident for nearly 30 years, said the only thing that really surprised him was that Christie essentially called Montclair a communist town.

“Let’s be honest, you don’t get a chance very often, if ever, to go call him out. (Christie) controls everything at these town halls and it’s not often that John Q. Public can stand toe-to-toe with him and call him out to his face, so when you have the opportunity to do it, which I had yesterday, I took it.

“People are so polarized about politics. They feel so strongly about them and have strong opinions. It’s more emotional than it used to be. It’s like a lightning rod. When you can challenge a politician and call him out, I think people like that.”

While a lot of people have strong feelings about politics, Goldstein says that sports-talk radio is fun to him.

“I’m happy that he came back at me. That’s what makes talk radio fun. That’s what it is to men … You get into arguments, you hang up the phone and then the day goes on.”

New Jersey sports betting market closing in on $1B mark

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — New Jersey’s sports betting market is closing in on the $1 billion dollar mark after less than six months of operation.

Figures released Wednesday by the state Division of Gaming Enforcement show New Jersey’s casino and racetrack-based sports books took in over $330 million worth of bets in November.

Gamblers in the state have plunked down $928 million on sports events since sports betting began in mid-June.

The $21.2 million that sports books kept from that money, along with another strong month of internet gambling, helped Atlantic City’s casinos post an increase of nearly 25 percent in gambling revenue in November, compared with a year ago.

The casinos won $257 million from gamblers in November.

There are two more casinos operating this November than there were a year ago.

Joey Chestnut downs a record 74 franks for 11th title

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Defending champion Joey “Jaws” Chestnut chomped down a record 74 franks and buns to take home his 11th title at the annual Nathan’s Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest.

The renowned competitive eater from San Jose, California, takes home the coveted Mustard Belt and surpassed the previous mark of 72 dogs and buns he downed last year.

The heat wasn’t a factor; the National Weather Service put the temperature at 83 degrees with a heat index of 91 degrees.

Miki Sudo said after eating 37 dogs and buns that the heat may have slowed her down in winning the women’s competition.

That didn’t stop the Las Vegas eater from easily beating out second-place finisher Mischelle Lesco of Tuscon, Arizona, who chowed down 28 wieners and buns.