Christie Ribs Letterman Over Weight Jokes as Both Gnaw Doughnut

Tuesday, 05 Feb 2013 07:31 AM


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Governor Chris Christie, the New Jersey Republican who has acknowledged struggling with his weight, poked some fun at himself in an appearance on CBS Corp.’s “Late Show with David Letterman.”

As the comedian apologized for past barbs, Christie hauled a doughnut from a pocket and began munching.

“I didn’t know this was going to be this long,” said the 50-year-old governor, who is making a bid for a second term.

Christie, who has been on the wrong end of Letterman’s often-biting Top 10 lists, walked on to the tune of “Thunder Road,” by Bruce Springsteen, his favorite musician. In 2011, while the governor publicly considered a bid for the White House, Letterman put his weight at 400 pounds (180 kilograms).

“I’ve made jokes about you, not just one or two,” Letterman said to his first-time guest during yesterday's show. ``Is it an issue or is it not an issue? And you tell me how you see things.”

Pausing on his doughnut repast, Christie responded, “I only care if you’re funny.”

“I mean, from my perspective, if the joke is funny, I laugh, even if it’s about me,” the governor said. “If it’s not funny, I don’t laugh. But I’ve never felt like it was, you know, anything that really bugged me all that much.”

Pressed to say how many of the jokes he thought were funny, Christie replied, “about 40 percent -- roughly.” Later, he read some that tickled him, and as he did, Letterman began chewing on the doughnut.

Top 10

Among the governor’s Top 10 were:

“Chris Christie turned 50 -- he blew out the candles on his cake, and he wished for another cake.”

Then there was this one: “A billion dollars will be spent on potato chips for Super Bowl Sunday, and that’s just at Governor Christie’s house.”

Married with four children, the governor told Oprah Winfrey on her television show a year ago that he worries about his weight and said the struggle began 30 years ago, when he stopped playing sports in school. Christie also told Winfrey he had been working with a dietician and exercising more regularly.

In a December interview on the ABC network, he told Barbara Walters that his response to damage left by Hurricane Sandy showed his weight hadn’t slowed him down and that it shouldn’t bar him from seeking the presidency, if he decides to run for the office.

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