Christie Pokes Fun in Letterman Appearance

CBSlocal.com: Governor plays along with late-night host and jokes about his girth.

When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman" Monday night, the sparks began to fly immediately.

Christie poked fun at himself as David Letterman pointed out his own reputation for making fat jokes at the governor’s expense, according to a clip released of the appearance on CBSlocal.com.

Christie took the ribbing all in stride and even played along with Letterman throughout the segment.

Elizabeth February 05, 2013 at 06:56 AM
Why does Letterman always have to pick on people? Saw part of the interview he did with Oprah, and he 'seems' to be a nice man. Says he doesn't want to hurt peoples feelings and is himself afraid of humiliations. Yet he comes right back out and does it again. Christie and many many other overweight people have proven they are competent, strong and contribute. Why does the issue of their weight have to keep coming up? Look at that actress on Mike and Molly. She's making a killing being funny and laughing all the way to the bank. She doesn't mind being heavy, has made a living being funny despite her wt. Yet every interview she does, they HAVE to bring it up. Like she has an arm coming out of her forehead or something! Leave people alone Letterman! Cheap shots are just that! If you were truly funny, you could make people laugh without hurting others! Didn't your mother ever teach you that isn't NICE!?
Andy February 05, 2013 at 01:12 PM
One of the best interviews of all time!!! Entertaining and intelligent…
Tee Smyth February 05, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Politics aside...each time I see him, I am always taken back by his appearance. I'm not saying this to make fun of him; but, the governor could not fit in the chair properly. I know that losing/maintaining weight is a struggle and I'm sure that he's had his share of trials. If he wants to run for president, he will need to lose weight....if for no other reason than reducing stress on his heart during a rigorous campaign. God bless him.
NewMilfDadMakinEndsMeet February 05, 2013 at 03:56 PM
I agree completely Andy!
SockPuppet February 05, 2013 at 04:04 PM
The governor's morbidly obese, and Dave's a comedian. In fact if he didn't say anything about Christie's weight it would be odd. However, on her last appearance, Letterman didn't say a word about Melissa McCarthy's obesity. So, if you're looking for "nice", watch those two wine guzzlers on the Today show!
pat c February 05, 2013 at 04:20 PM
Did you see the interview? Christie is a Letterman fan and told Dave he considers 40% of Letterman's material about him really funny. He also popped 2 jelly donuts out of his jacket pocket and ate them during the interview to prove he's in on the joke. I'd say Chrisie is also making a killing despite his weight by taking the jabs goodnaturedly ...and laughing all the way to a successful bid for his reelection!
Jersey February 05, 2013 at 07:47 PM
TCG February 05, 2013 at 08:34 PM
Too bad Letterman didn't bother to ask why we had no gasoline or generators or FEMA staged before Sandy. Or why he didn't ask Christie, the dire-hard hater of government intrusion into our lives, why he would ration gasoline like a socialist. Or maybe just ask the Governor what he ACTUALLY DID to help anyone before, during or after the storm. Oh wait...that's right...he went to the shore to use storm victims as props for his 2016 campaign commericals. Raiding pension funds? Crooked deals with halfway houses? Not holding power companies "accountable?" Calling Obama gutless before kissing his ring and begging for generators 4 days AFTER the storm? He's a funny guy, alright. Wonder if the people along the shore who are STILL waiting for some help think he's funny.
Not Domino February 06, 2013 at 12:15 AM
Couldn't have said it better Tee. I am impressed by CC's performance overall. I would definitely support him as a candidate for POTUS. But he has to not only keep himself alive through November 2016, but also must convey some reasonable degree of confidence that he will survive through the end of 2020 so his VP doesn't have to finish the job for him. I regret to say that I don't currently have huge confidence in his ability to do that, as much as I would like to say I did.
Scondo February 06, 2013 at 03:02 PM
What a mindless rant. Gasoline was not rationed. Order was restored. FEMA is federal agency. NJ Agency Heads were staged with varying degrees of success and failure. DOT being a major fail. The storm was a non political issue. What really needs to be focused on is the lack of economic progress, the lack of property tax reduction, the complete failure of the revenue departments of the state. Does Gov. Christie hae the faintest idea as to how many people are misusing tax exempt statue to avoid7% sales tax. I would venture to say no. Has there been any meaningful pension reform to bring pensions within some actuarial standard. None seen here. Has there been a restructuring of state governement to eliminate duplication , not in my lifetime.
TCG February 06, 2013 at 05:36 PM
"gasoline was not rationed?" Uh...maybe you slept through the storm? http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/11/sandy_gas_ration_12_counties.html FEMA responds to the request of the Governor's office. They showed up 4 days late because Christied waited to request FEMA assistance. He also waited until several days AFTER the storm to ask for generators to help gas stations. This was after spending a week on TV telling the rest of us to "prepare for 7-10 days without power." Did the Governor just forget that gas stations need power? Too busy planning appearances on TV or staging photo ops with the victims along the shore? One year to the day after he missed the Halloween storm while vacationing in Disney World, he did absolutely nothing to prepare for Sandy. Nothing. As for the rest of your points - well said. I don't know about you, but I haven't received my tax rebate or anything resembling a reduction in property taxes. Unemployment is up. Crime is up. And Christie is eating doughnuts on Letterman. He's living on an urban myth when in fact the emperor has no clothes.
BillBalls February 06, 2013 at 06:21 PM
Scondo – There are thousands of legal ways for people in Jersey to “cheat” on their taxes. Consider the farmland tax act, and all the abuse the “gentlemen” farmers (all of Christie’s types of fiends, RICH) are hitting that program for. How about the governor calling for an audit of all farm assessments under 15 acres? But we know that won’t happen! But my biggest gripe with Christie is what hasn’t he done to stop the massive wealth redistribution forced on the hardworking middle income counties like Somerset, Sussex, Hunterdon and many others by using revenue collect by Income and Sales tax. That money is stripped from those communities and then sent to the big cities like Newark, Camden and Trenton, for “education.” HA HA what a joke. The graduation rate in Newark is only 80% and in some school as low as 25%. Now stop and think. While that money does go to the school systems, it also OFFSET the property taxes in those cities. Must be nice, huh? I wish someone would offset my property taxes. No Farm land escape for me! Christie won’t attack this massive wealth redistribution program because he know in doing so, he’ll lose the big cities vote and get ousted as Governor, so he keeps the Abbott money flowing and hope the working people of New Jersey don’t notice. I'd as much vote for Michelle Obama, over Christie, at least we know she's not going to save Wonder Bread, Twinkies or HoHo, because they a too "good" to fail!
Clay Thomas February 06, 2013 at 07:51 PM
Yep, Letterman was at the top of his game.
Clay Thomas February 06, 2013 at 07:57 PM
And what about New Jersey's nearly 10% unemploment rate? It's one of the highest in the nation. We don't hear about "New Jersey's Comeback" so much any more. I wonder why!
Wayne Resident February 07, 2013 at 05:05 PM
Scondo, talk about a mindless rant, you take the cake.
BillBalls February 07, 2013 at 08:09 PM
Remember what Christie’s number one reason for not passing the “millionaires tax” was? He did not want to tax the people in this state who had money to invest in the state and create jobs, because they might then leave the state. Well here’s today’s news – More than 800,000 high wage earners have left the state, we are bleeding jobs, manufacturing doesn't even exist here anymore, and now the Hess refinery just announced it is closing (that’s why you see gas prices going up) and Christie is creating debt at a record pace, much like a drunken democratic sailor on port leave. Yet, YET tons of people here are still drinking his cool-aid because they think he tells it like it is, when in fact he is lying through his teeth and is more than willing to seriously bully anyone who calls his game. Like Whitman, Christie is not paying into the retirement and other funds that need to be paid, but instead is playing games with thousands of state workers, police, firefighters, teachers and a whole bunch of other people retirements. If his screwing around causes these people financial losses to their contracted retirements accounts, he should be put in jail just like Bernie Madoff, because all he is doing is playing a shell game. Also, he makes a joke of his morbid obesity, but we all know it isn’t a joke and it will cause him major health problems and most likely lead to a very early death, yet he thinks it is something to laugh at!


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