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'Christie Cockroach' Wins New Jersey Cockroach Derby

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A giant Madagascar hissing cockroach designated to represent Gov. Chris Christie handily sped past another designated as Barbara Buono, who is contesting him in the November elections.

| August 15, 2013

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — A giant Madagascar hissing cockroach designated to represent Gov. Chris Christie handily sped past another designated as Barbara Buono who is contesting him in the November elections. The event was the 17th New Jersey Cockroach Derby. (Related: Article in MyCentralNewJersey.com).

The race was held at noon on the Cook College Campus of Rutgers where the New Jersey Pest Management Association held its 66th annual clinic, tradeshow and clambake.

“In the past two Cockroach Derby races,” said Len Douglen, the association’s executive director, “the winning roaches represented John McCain and Mitt Romney respectively, so a win by the Christie cockroach may or may not reflect the outcome of the actual election in November.”

In a series of trial races, the two cockroaches, both far larger than a typical German cockroach, demonstrated their speed as they sped down a six-foot-long Plexiglas “race track” as on-lookers cheered on their “candidate”.

The men and women responsible for preventing and solving the many problems that pests represent, members of the New Jersey Pest Management Association, attend the annual Clinic in order to update their knowledge at a day-long series of seminars by some of the nation’s leading experts on aspects of pest control.
 
Pest control professionals are certified annually by the State Department of Environmental Protection when they secure credits earned at events like the Clinic.

“Pest control requires an extensive, science-based knowledge of a wide range of insect and rodent pests, among others,” said Douglen. “The New Jersey Association pioneered the concept of educating its members.” It was founded in 1941.

The event was held in a vendors’ tent in the parking lot of Hickman Hall on the Cook College campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick. The Clinic draws about six hundred members of the Association as well as some from out of state as well. The Association is also affiliated with the National Pest Management Association.
 

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