9:15am PT by Rebecca Ford
Gov. Chris Christie Mocked on 'The Late Show with David Letterman' (Video)
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has not yet announced that he is planning a run for President in 2012, but that hasn’t stopped David Letterman from making fun of him on his late-night show.
On Tuesday night, Letterman presented the “Top 10 Ways Country Would Be Different If Chris Christie Was the President.”
The list of 10 fat jokes included “Al Queda taunts America with ‘Yo President’s So Fat Jokes,’” “Instead of Iraq, we’d invade IHOP,” and the addition of a new state, “Fatassachusettes.”
The number one change: “Scandal when President is caught in oval office with Betty Crocker and Sara Lee.”
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Late Show was not the first outlet to discuss Christie’s weight. The View also had a discussion about the possibility of an overweight president and MSNBC’s Martin Bashir was criticized by a conservative watchdog group for some comments that he made about Christie that may have included some weight puns, such as “a piece of cake” and “massively popular.” Good Morning America was criticized by the same group for making puns about Christie’s weight and saying that Republicans felt "the job may be big, but the declared candidates are too small," before showing footage of Christie walking across an airport tarmac.
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On the same night as Letterman’s list was presented, Christie spoke at the Reagan Library, and while he did not announce his intentions to run, he also did not deny a possible run. During the question and answer period, a woman encouraged him to run for the Republican ticket.
“That heartfelt message you gave me is also not a reason for me to do it. That reason has to reside inside me,” Christie responded. “That’s what I’ve said all along. I know without ever having met President Reagan that he must’ve felt deeply in his heart that he was called to that moment to lead our country. And so my answer to you is just this, I thank you for what you’re saying.”
"As chief executive I am duty-bound to ensure that taxpayers are not footing a $420,000 bill for a project which does nothing more than perpetuate misconceptions about the state and its citizens," Christie wrote in a letter to the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.