Rachel Maddow talked politics with Jimmy Fallon on his "Late Night" show Thursday, discussing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, outgoing New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and his replacement, Democrat Bill DeBlasio.
Discussing Christie's win, which prompted Fallon — a friend of the governor's — to clap, Maddow began to wonder out loud how he would act toward his "blue" state considering he is a leading Republican candidate for the 2016 presidential election.
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"He won by like 22 points. He wanted to win by a huge margin, he got the really big margin, the thing that's gonna happen in New Jersey now is ... he's pretty clearly going to run for president, and so how is he going to act toward New Jersey while he is doing that"? Maddow asked.
The progressive MSNBC host proceeded to question if Christie, whom many view as a moderate Republican, would distance himself from his state to attract conservatives in the Republican primary, as she claimed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney had done in the 2008 election.
"If he's going to be running for president in 2016, he's going to start having to spend all his weekends in Iowa. ... [Campaigning] starts really, really soon," Maddow said.
The liberal then went on to discuss how many Republicans felt in the 2008 and 2012 elections they had not put forth conservative enough candidates in Sen. John McCain and Romney, which many argued failed to motivate the Republican base.
"In Republican-ville, the reason they lost the last two presidential elections is because they didn’t pick somebody hardcore enough," Maddow said. "So, Republicans are telling each other the story that Chris Christie would be making the same mistake they made in the last two presidential elections.
"I think it’s amazeballs that that’s how they think about it," she added. "Definitely pick the craziest guy you can find, that’s your ticket to success!"
The discussion then turned to outgoing New York City Mayor Bloomberg and his replacement, Democratic Mayor-elect Bill DeBlasio.
"It's weird, the rest of the country thinks of New York as this icon of liberalism, but there hasn't been a Democratic mayor of New York in 20 years," Maddow pointed out. "DeBlasio's going to be the first guy since '92 who's a Democrat."
Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who served eight years in office and preceded Bloomberg, was a Republican, while Bloomberg had initially run as a Republican and later changed to become an Independent while in office. Bloomberg had previously been a registered Democrat, however had to switch parties to enter the NYC mayoral race.
"It's been a Republican billionaire forever, but now we have a liberal Democrat and his awesome interracial family," Maddow concluded.
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