By Minhaj Hassan | February 5th, 2013 - 2:07am
| More

Gov. Chris Christie brought some of his sharp wit - and a suit pocketful of cream-filled doughnuts - with him on the “Late Show with David Letterman,” Monday evening, sitting down with his “favorite” late-night talk show host who’s frequently joked about the governor’s weight.

“If the joke is funny, I laugh, even if it’s about me,” said Christie, who told Letterman he found about 40 percent of the jokes funny.

Despite the girth, Christie assured Letterman he’s in good health, describing both his blood sugar and cholesterol levels as “normal.”

“I’m the healthiest fat guy you’ve ever seen in your life,” Christie quipped, to which Letterman responded, “That’s your campaign poster right there.”

At one time, Letterman told Christie he thought he’d be re-elected as governor this year, to which Christie jokingly asked if that was an endorsement. Near the end, Letterman said “I love you being governor of New Jersey.”  

Christie mentioned his favorite jokes Letterman has made about him, one focusing on his 50th birthday (“He blew out the candles on his cake…and he wished for another cake”) and on Super Bowl snacks ($1 billion will be spent on potato chips this Sunday…and that’s just at Gov. Chris Christie’s house).

About midway through the interview, it took a more serious turn, when the two talked about post-Superstorm Sandy rebuilding efforts.

“It’s still awful,” Christie said about the aftermath, despite much of the debris having been removed.

The governor then elaborated, saying there were some 42,000 families who’re still homeless, staying in temporary apartments, hotels, or with family and friends. He said there are still some 80,000 businesses that have yet to reopen.

He said he’s hopeful now that the Senate passed, and President Obama signed, the $50 billion-plus Sandy relief package, much of which will come to New Jersey within a few weeks, many residents can rebuild and businesses can start to reopen. He hopes to have grant programs set up to accomplish those goals.

Christie also talked briefly about his emotional reaction about House Speaker John Boehner’s decision to postpone the Sandy relief bill vote, following the fiscal cliff resolution. Christie said he was bothered that his phone calls were not being returned.

“I started getting more and more pissed off,” he said, a remark that was received with laughter from the studio audience. “Just, you know, answer the phone.”

He added that in speaking with Boehner, he was “less gentle privately than I was publicly.”

About the possibility of running for president in 2016, Christie said, “I got to win in 2013…That’s my goal.”

“I’m nowhere near making that decision,” he said, adding that much can change in the next few years. “We’ll see what happens in the future.”

The Back Room

Christie: 'I'm the decider'

While describing to fellow Republicans a conversation he said he had with Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Gov. Chris Christie borrowed a self-attribution from his old pal George W. Bush.

Read More >

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 28th

  Winners and Losers: Week of July 21st Christopher Rodriguez Governor Chris Christie this week announced his selection of the CIA operative as New Jersey’s next Director of the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (OHSP). (Politicker Staff) http://www.politickernj.com/77941/winners-and-losers-week-july-21st     Torres saddles up with Fulop and Baraka for...

Op-Ed

NJ Legislature must get behind statewide standard of responsible contracting

By Michael Capelli As a 30 year union carpenter, I learned first-hand how important it was to have the right tools for the job. Now as the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the 30,000 men and women of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters I... Read More >

Contributors

 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »
(7-23-14) Rabner Opinion Keeps “Christie for President” Alive - Gov. Chris Christie’s fight to prevent same-sex marriage in New Jersey ended with Chief Justice Stuart Rabner.... more »
The Perry-Paul Debate is Healthy for the GOP – and for America  The foreign policy debate in the media between prospective GOP Presidential candidates Texas Governor Rick Perry and... more »
(Washington DC)-- Two recent votes on Capitol Hill suggest an overdue and radical departure from our nation's Draconian and costly War on Drugs.  It's a long-overdue discussion (and not just... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"A pain management surgeon, Roque said he estimates that the trial and initial loss of patients and other headaches may have personally cost him about $800,000. Ouch." - columnist Agustin Torres, the Political Insider

- The Jersey Journal

Poll

Given another chance, who would you choose to run the county RIGHT NOW?:

Blogroll

Visit the PolitickerNJ.com/resources page for links to the best collection of information on New Jersey state government.

 

  • Polls
  • The best blogs
  • Columnists
  • State election results
  • Assembly election results
  • Local party websites
  • And more.

PolitickerNJ.com/resources