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TRENTON, NJ -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wasn't in a pardoning mood when an itsy, bitsy spider crawled on his desk while the governor spoke to a group of school children.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is giving Christie poor marks for swatting the spider on his desk. Video from the spider swatting was published Friday on the governor's YouTube account.

The students spotted the insect near the governor's phone on Friday. Speaking softly, Christie located the bug and then gave the spider a smack down.

The governor told the students that another fun part of being governor is you're allowed to kill any bugs on your desk without getting into trouble.

Christie tweeted that he had "saved a few school children from a spider." He ended the tweet with the hastag "nobigdeal."

PETA President Ingrid Newkirk issued a statement saying Christie probably killed it without thinking. Newkirk said "some people put the spider outside, but spiders are often scary" and that can prevent them from pondering their worth.

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