There are two kinds of people in this world: those who escort spiders outside to freedom, and those who squish them. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie proved to be a squisher while talking to a group of fourth-graders last week.

The students spied the spider near Christie’s phone, prompting the governor to quickly smite the arachnid. He told the kids that “another fun part of being governor is you're allowed to kill any bugs on your desk without getting into trouble.”

Until People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) hears of the incident, that is. President Ingrid Newkirk issued a statement saying that Christie probably killed it without thinking. "Some people put the spider outside, but spiders are often scary and that can prevent them from pondering their worth," Newkirk added.

See the scene from “Spidergate” below.

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