Zing! Christie knocks Letterman for fat jokes, backs Colbert
April 23rd, 2014
12:13 PM ET
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Zing! Christie knocks Letterman for fat jokes, backs Colbert

(CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took a shot Wednesday on Twitter at David Letterman over the retiring comedian's jokes about the governor's weight.

The morning after Letterman was joined by his successor Steve Colbert on "The Late Show," Christie made his excitement for Letterman's departure known in a tweet.

"Oh @Letterman, I'm really gonna miss your fat jokes. Wait, no I'm not. #ColbertNation," he tweeted.

Christie's tweet came in response to a segment Letterman aired Tuesday that poked fun at both an award Christie won Monday as "Father of the Year" and Christie's weight, an issue the governor has publicly struggled with for years.

In a mock "CBS News Special Report" on Letterman's show, a narrated newscast jokingly explains why Christie won the award.

"The word Father contains the word 'fat,'" the narrator says while a bulleted graphic and picture of Christie is displayed on screen. "And Governor Christie is fat."

Christie was awarded "Father of the Year" by the Father's Day/Mother's Day Council Monday, joining a list of prominent former recipients including former President Bill Clinton and basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal.

While Christie swung back at Letterman on Twitter this time, the governor played along with the comedian's jabs about his weight last year, pulling a donut from his pocket and nibbling away in front of Letterman during an interview on the program.

"I only care if you're funny," he told Letterman, talking about the fat jokes. "From my perspective, if the joke is funny, I laugh. If it's not funny, I don't laugh. But I've never felt like it was anything that bugged me all that much."

This time, Christie wasn't laughing.


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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will fast for world peace this week at his favorite pizzeria in Hoboken .

    April 23, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  2. Chris-E...al

    With the great number of obese people in america this kind of talk has to be hurtful to those that cant help it ?

    April 23, 2014 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. Silence DoGood

    With the great number of obese people in america this kind of talk has to be hurtful to those that cant help it ?
    What is all this sympathy from a conservative, Chris? Derision, jokes, and discrimination is everyone's right according to Rand Paul.

    April 23, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Ah, CNN's Ticker, ever finding innovative and irritating ways to take me to new and glorious heights of "I couldn't give a crap."

    April 23, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Wake Up:

    "Thanks Lynda and Mallory. I couldn't remember if it was a dentist or an eye doctor. Either way, I'm still trying to figure out what qualifies him to be POTUS?"

    I'm guessing 60% of Kentuckian's are in agreement with you.

    April 23, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. Malory Archer

    Fair is Fair

    Did Lloyd Bentsen whine and cry to the state legislature to change the rules so he could do so?


    Yawn. Your comment has ZERO to do with my response to Rudy. Johnny has some lovely parting gifts for you.


    It is, however, a legitimate question. Your comment is hilarious considering YOU change the subject EVERY TIME one of the gang calls you out. Either that, or resort to childish replies – you know – like the one I'm responding to. Hypocritical much?

    April 23, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  7. Tyler

    Yeah the guy is disgustingly fat. There are very few disorders other than Hand to Mouth Syndrome (lol) that causes people to be terribly obese. How can the guy run the state if he can't manage himself in the most simple manner. I'd love to eat Five Guys every night but my body and mind tell me that's probably not a good idea for myself or my image.

    April 23, 2014 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. Rick

    Christie is eating himself to death. How many 80 year olds his size do you see?

    April 23, 2014 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. PushingBack

    Comedians like Letterman and all the others have made fun of politicians for years, nothing new. Surprise, they've also made fun of fat people, no surprise there either. Thirdly, they make fun of odd personalities.

    Christie happens to fit into three solid categories. So why is he surprised???

    April 23, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. Gus

    Those that "can't help it" are close to negligible since they account for only an extremely small percentage of the obese population in America who were born with extremely rare hormonal disorders/mutations.

    What's the most hurtful is the acceptance of the blatant lie that a lot of people can't help being obese, which has no basis in fact or science. In reality, the overwhelming majority of obese Americans can help it and can become healthy with the right changes to lifestyle.

    April 23, 2014 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  11. WMesser58

    They're both losers who cares what either of them think. It's sad a politician who is obviously a bully is sensitive and cares what a comedian thinks that's what he has to worry about that's his biggest problem someone doesn't like him gesssh what a waste of print.

    April 23, 2014 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  12. PushingBack

    Laughing out loud at all the folks trying to have a conversation using soundoff! Wrong type of forum people! If you think I'm coming back to read your response to me, then you have not guessed wisely!

    April 23, 2014 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  13. Rob

    Letterman used to be funny. Now he's a nasty mouthpiece for the extreme left

    April 23, 2014 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Congrats to the Father.

    I still say that Christie would be better off over the long run if his name did surface in Bridgegate. At least then he would have a chance at making a comeback. If his name does not surface, then he will be crowned one of the most inept and imcompetent politicians of all time, which would be near impossible to come back from because that charge will stick for life.

    April 23, 2014 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  15. CryBabies

    Todays "first grade banter" is exceptionally stimulating. Kudos to the "regulars" with "crap' to hang out there.

    April 23, 2014 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  16. ZuluAlpha

    Regardless of who is made fun of, the situation out here stays the same. Don't be soft soaped by pandering politicians and game show host's. Today it's hard to tell the difference between the two, until they get elected. At this juncture the game show host becomes tyrant.

    April 23, 2014 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  17. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Oh, Chris...? I'm sure Steven Colbert will be MUCH easier on you. Just ask GWB!
    (If you really believe THAT, I've got a bridge to... Uh... Never mind...)

    April 23, 2014 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  18. goblackhawks

    First this is a "ZING" .. maybe if you are 5 years old .. Which is the IQ of people who like Dave and don't like Christie. It is kind of amazing in a day when everyone is so PC you can make fun of Fat people .. but imagine if Christie was Gay ... It's nice to see Letterman gone .. hasn't been funny since Ronny was President.

    April 23, 2014 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  19. sly

    Didn't the Obese One resign yet? Toast for the cheap Jersey mobster-wannabe.

    April 23, 2014 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  20. Jerry

    Christie is one of the few politicians that know how to play the game and yet stay out of the mire. He was thrown into the Bridgegate scandal but he survived it. New Jerseyites know him for who he is and what he can do for them..
    They must like him because they keep re-electing him.

    April 23, 2014 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  21. Anonymous


    With the great number of obese people in america this kind of talk has to be hurtful to those that cant help it ?
    Ever listen to Paul Ryan's "makers and takers" argument? Have you ever considered that his talk is extremely hurtful, and not mention frightening, to those who cannot help the fact that they are poor, or are to sick to work.

    April 23, 2014 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  22. Al-NY,NY


    With the great number of obese people in america this kind of talk has to be hurtful to those that cant help it ?

    you know..you're right. All those people in the states with the highest obesity rate (MS, WV, LA, AK, SC, TN, KY, OK.....ALL red states along with DE (blue), and OH (purple) will be offended as they munch on their McNuggets, and Slurpees. Funny how most of those states also lead the TAKER states

    April 23, 2014 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  23. non-fat

    Christie is right – that joke (like a lot of Letterman's schtick) wasn't funny.

    But Letterman was also right – Christie is fat.

    So two rights don't make a wrong.

    April 23, 2014 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  24. goblackhawks

    Bridgegate is a scandal ... But Benghazi isn't ... I guess if you let 4 people die in another country on 9/11 you are in the lead to run as President as a DEM .. but if you stop traffic you are the worst person ever ... At least he didn't use the IRS against his politcal enemies ... because we all know nothing happens to you .. unless you were Richard Nixon 40ty years ago who thought about using the IRS like Obama did

    April 23, 2014 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  25. Haven

    Boohoo, Christie! Maybe if Christie wasn't such a liar and a jerk I'd feel sorry for him.

    April 23, 2014 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
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