New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was pretty proud of himself Friday afternoon. His tweet about killing a spider that was crawling on his desk while a group of school children visited his office proves it:
The 26-second video included with the tweet shows Christie tiptoeing toward his desk and slamming down on it with the palm of his hand. According to the Associated Press, Christie told the visiting fourth-graders that being governor meant you could kill bugs on your desk and get away with it. He may have been wrong about that, though.
Many of the responses to Christie's tweet did seem pretty good-humored. One tweeter joked that the governor will be the villain in the next Spider-Man movie.
Others didn't view the governor's spider smackdown as quite so much fun. Namely, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals President Ingrid Newkirk, who issued a statement saying, "Some people put the spider outside, but spiders are often scary." She said if Christie had been thinking, he would have scooped the spider up and let it out.
This incident isn't entirely unlike one that involving President Obama in June 2009. After he swatted a fly during a CNBC interview at the White House, PETA spokesman Bruce Friederich said, "We support compassion even for the most curious, smallest and least sympathetic animals. We believe that people, where they can be compassionate, should be, for all animals."
The White House didn't comment on PETA's criticism, and it doesn't appear Christie will either. He hasn't tweeted since Friday.
Matt Wilson is a staff writer for Ragan.com.