New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie insisted that David Letterman’s jokes about the governor’s weight don’t bother him at all.
The fun-loving Republican even read aloud some of the jokes Letterman has told about him and snacked on a donut when Christie and Letterman chewed the fat on Letterman’s “Late Show” Monday night on CBS.
It was Christie’s first-ever guest appearance on “Late Show,” where Letterman has been more merciless on the subject of Christie and his weight than any other late-night host (although they’ve all trafficked in Christie weight jokes).
While the Christie appearance was highly anticipated in its own right, Christie was just one of two A-list guests for Letterman Monday night.
The other was Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, the Super Bowl MVP who led his team to victory in the big game just a day earlier on CBS. Dave and the QB talked about the big win, and how Flacco reacted to the power outage that stopped the game — and the Ravens’ momentum — for 34 minutes.
But Christie was up first. And he and Dave got right into it.
“Now, you, uh – how do you feel about me?” Dave asked the governor.
To which Christie replied with a laugh: “I love you, Dave — a love that I have a difficult time really explaining but a deep and abiding love.”
“But I’ve made jokes about you, not just one or two …,” Letterman said, evidently trying to spark a spirited discussion, if not a confrontation, on the subject of all the jokes Letterman has told about Christie’s weight.
But before Dave could complete his sentence, Christie suddenly produced a donut and began eating it — a sight gag that was funnier than any confrontation. And Christie even had a funny line to go along with it. Said he: “I didn’t know this was going to be this long!”
“All kidding aside,” said Dave (certainly not really meaning to put any kidding aside), “is it an issue or is it not an issue? And you tell me how you see things.”
“Well, I only care if you’re funny,” said Christie, playing the shrewd politician who insists publicly that he’s totally unbothered by the kind of ridicule dished out by Letterman and the other late-night hosts for the consumption of millions.
“I mean, from my perspective, if the joke is funny, I laugh, even if it’s about me,” Christie 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, no.”
Christie then recited some of Letterman’s fat jokes. “I do have a couple that actually are some of my personal favorites,” Christie said.
“No, wait a minute, jokes I did about you?” asked Letterman.
“All right, here’s two of them that we particularly like,” Christie said. “First one was, ‘Celebrity birthday today – Chris Christie turned 50. 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,” Christie said. “‘A billion dollars will be spent on potato chips for Super Bowl Sunday, and that’s just at Gov. Christie’s house!’”
Meanwhile, Ravens QB Flacco said he didn’t think the 34-minute Super Bowl blackout was the reason why his team’s offense faded in the game’s second half, while the 49ers surged — making a close game out of a contest that had seemed out-of-reach for San Francisco. The Ravens eventually won 34-31, although they had been leading 28-6 before the outage — as Dave pointed out to Flacco.
“When the lights went out did you find that unnerving?” Letterman asked.
“I just thought it was a little strange. It was kinda funny,” Flacco said. “We didn’t play too well afterwards, but that wasn’t really …”
“That’s what I wonder about,” Letterman said. “It’s just outta halftime and bang-zoom [the score is] 28-6 [and] the lights go out! You don’t find that suspicious?”
“Don’t get me started,” Flacco said. “My dad is a big conspiracy theorist so that’s the last thing we need to talk about!”