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Gov. Christie And The Flappy Birds

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Catherine Welsh tried to teach Gov. Chris Christie to play Flappy Birds.
Catherine Welsh tried to teach Gov. Chris Christie to play Flappy Birds.
File this under news you can’t make up: Suzanne Welsh was at the Twin Oaks Arena in Morristown on Sunday night to watch her son play hockey. The gentleman who sat down next to Welsh and her daughter Catherine was there to watch his son on the opposing team. His  name was Christie, as in Gov. Chris Christie.

Welsh and her daughter chatted with the governor throughout the game, and she even got him to make a birthday call to another Verona resident, Jodi Brown. And then Catherine Welsh decided to teach our state’s political leader how to play Flappy Birds on her phone.  It is one of those annoyingly addictive games that involves steering a tiny bird through an obstacle course (rather than flinging it through the air).

“He tried and couldn’t,” Suzanne Welsh reports, and then handed Catherine back her phone. And what did the fourth grader say to Christie? “If you can govern a state, you can play Flappy Birds”. Luckily for Christie, this is unlikely to be an issue in his second term: At about the same time as the governor was learning to play it, the game’s developer was pulling it from the market because it was too addictive.

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“He was truly generous with his time,” says Suzanne Welsh of the governor. “He graciously looked at Catherine and said to her ‘you are going places’! No matter one’s political affiliation, it was one for the memory books for my 10-year-old.”

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citranohttps://myveronanj.com
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Forbes.com. Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]

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