(CNN) - Maybe Gov. Chris Christie was striking back at President Obama for the grief Republicans gave him over their post-Sandy photo-op.
Or maybe he developed his throwing arm summer after summer on the Jersey Shore.
Either way, when the governor and president went head-to-head on the boardwalk in May, Christie bested Obama at the football throw arcade game.
"I kicked the president's ass in the football throw," he said Wednesday on his regular "Ask the Governor" radio program.
The question came when he was asked to name his favorite boardwalk game, which Christie said was "obviously" the one where he beat Obama.
In case there was any doubt as to Christie's prowess, reporters covering the event noted Christie's accomplishment.
"The party then moved to an arcade called 'TouchDown Fever' to try and win a stuffed bear by tossing a football through a tire," a reporter whose notes were pooled wrote. "Obama tried and missed a few times. Christie then threw the ball through the tire, on his first and only try.
"Obama gave him a high five ending in a clasp. And said, 'That's because he's running for office,'" the note continued. "The guy behind the counter gave Obama a 'Chicago' bear."
In the Wednesday interview, Christie described the event similarly.
"He threw like three or four times, the president, poor guy, never got it through the tire," the governor said. "I, on the other hand, on the Point Pleasant boardwalk, threw one, put it through the tire, declared victory, and gave the president my prize, which was a Chicago stuffed bear."
The May event touted recovery efforts from the late October storm. Just days before the election, Christie - a top surrogate for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney - and Obama were touring the battered coastline, and Christie was criticized by some in his party - though not Romney - for being too close to the Democratic incumbent.
- CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report