February 04, 2013 5:13pm PT by Kimberly Nordyke
Chris Christie Pokes Fun at His Weight With David Letterman (Video)
David Letterman hasn't been shy about mocking N.J. Gov. Chris Christie's weight on his late-night show. And on Monday, the New Jersey governor made his first appearance on Late Show to discuss the issue.
"Now, you, uh -- how do you feel about me?" Letterman asked him.
Replied Christie: "I love you, Dave. No, no, a love that I have a difficult time really explaining but a deep and abiding love."
As Letterman brought up that the two have "a real problem" -- in that he constantly mocks Christie -- the governor pulled a donut from his suit pocked and began eating it.
"I didn't know this was going to be this long," he quipped of the interview.
Letterman then pressed the issue, asking whether it, in fact, was an issue or not.
"Well, I only care if you’re funny," Christie replied. "I mean, from my perspective, if the joke is funny, I laugh, even if it’s about me. 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, no."
Asked what percentage of the jokes he found funny, Christie quipped: "About 40 percent."
Christie also read a couple of Letterman's jokes that are his "personal favorites."
"First one was, 'Celebrity birthday today – Chris Christie turned 50," he read. "He blew out the candles on his cake, and he wished for another cake. And this one I thought, I don’t know if it’s one of your best ones, but I think it’s very topical given what went on yesterday: 'A billion dollars will be spent on potato chips for Super Bowl Sunday, and that’s just at Governor Christie’s house.’”
So how did Letterman respond? He took a bite out of Christie's donut.
Last month, Christie talked to Oprah Winfrey about Letterman's jokes on Oprah's Next Chapter. While she said his jokes about her weight used to bother her, he replied: "I think I was girded for it, Oprah, I really do."
He added that he's created "a shell about it."
Late Show airs at 11:35 weeknights on CBS. Super Bowl XLVII MVP Joe Flacco also appears on Monday's show.