Challenge accepted: Chris Christie gets doused in ice water
August 13th, 2014
08:05 AM ET
4 months ago

Challenge accepted: Chris Christie gets doused in ice water

(CNN) – Wearing a t-shirt and shorts, Gov. Chris Christie accepted the increasingly popular Ice Bucket Challenge and let his two youngest kids dump a large pail of water on the New Jersey Republican.

In a video posted on Facebook Tuesday night, Christie said he was nominated by Scott O'Neill of the New Jersey Devils. In return, he challenged Sen. Cory Booker, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and NBC’s “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon.

His children, Patrick and Bridget, stood on a table near Christie before overturning a large bucket of water on his head.

The campaign, spreading rapidly on social media, aims to raise money and awareness for research into Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) – or Lou Gehrig's disease. Started by Pete Frates, who has lived with ALS since 2012, and his family, the campaign asks participants to dump a bucket of ice water on their head and then nominate their friends to do the same.

Those friends have the opportunity to follow their friend or donate $100 to ALS awareness. Using the #IceBucketChallenge, the campaign has garnered national attention, with celebrities and athletes taking the challenge.

Other politician have jumped on the ice bucket bandwagon, including former Sen. Scott Brown and Rep. Joe Kennedy.

President Obama declined to do the challenge and pledged to donate money to an ALS charity instead.

CNN’s Dan Merica contributed to this report.


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  1. Gurgyl

    -very big bully, go to NJ, you see. He talks of immigration? Nonsense.

    August 13, 2014 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Is Christie actually GAINING weight after his surgery, or is this an old photo?
    It certainly would say something if he was, in particular that if a man cannot commit to himself how can we expect him to commit to the rest of us?

    August 13, 2014 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Very nice for the Governor to do that.
    He doesn't have a high profile job like our PRESIDENT so he can do things of this nature.
    Of course a lot of Republicans will find themselves all wet seizing yet another opportunity to do the opposite of whatever the President does or suggests.

    August 13, 2014 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Started by Pete Frates, who has lived with ALS since 2012, and his family, the campaign asks participants to dump a bucket of ice water on their head and then nominate their friends to do the same.

    Those friends have the opportunity to follow their friend or donate $100 to ALS awareness.
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    Please, excuse me if I'm having a senior moment. Am I missing something here? Are you telling me that every time someone posts a video of themselves merrily getting doused that it means that they are *not* making a donation?

    August 13, 2014 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    . In return, he challenged Sen. Cory Booker, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and NBC’s “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon.
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    I think it would be fair to say that all of people he challenged lean left. How come he didn't challenge any conservatives? Because conservatives do not want to provide cannon fodder for negative campaign ads.

    August 13, 2014 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    Posted himself on Facebook, did he? I don't suppose he looked any less mature than when he donned a baseball uniform and threw out the first pitch ... or was it a softball uniform he donned at that time?

    At any rate, Chris Christie soaking wet or Chris Christie wearing knee high socks are two photo opportunities best left to the imagination of those impressed with such attention getting theatrics.

    Yeah, I know. It started out as being a good cause and morphed into Facebook friends edition of "look at
    me - aren't I cool" wannabee in high school again celebrities clicking on "like" to see who's most "liked".

    August 13, 2014 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  7. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Yes President Obama declined the challenge. As he well should. He's the President of the United States, and had he accepted the challenge the right and the right wing media would have said he was demeaning the office of POTUS. Even though in their tiny minds, him just being POTUS is demeaning the office.

    August 13, 2014 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    Has anyone besides for the President actually donated money???

    August 13, 2014 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  9. salty dog

    Let me guess, the rwnj will praise Christie for doing it, when days ago would have said Obama was weak, degrading his position, and the same people actually think they carry credibility, a true Republican trait.

    August 13, 2014 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  10. luke, AZ

    Christie at this point will do just about anything to take the spotlight off of his bridge scandal.. Too little too late. The ultimate in hubris.

    August 13, 2014 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  11. salty dog

    Why not do it Chris, your entire administration is a circus, multiple scandals simultaneously, now that's talent.

    August 13, 2014 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Rudy: "Please, excuse me if I'm having a senior moment. Am I missing something here? Are you telling me that every time someone posts a video of themselves merrily getting doused that it means that they are *not* making a donation?"

    If you read Christie's tweet, he states: "You all have 24 hours or you must donate $100 to ALS. Good Luck!" I've already had my senior moment on the Rand Paul thread; but if I'm not mistaken, on yesterday's thread wasn't the donation set at $1000? From the tweet, I get the impression that if you DON'T allow yourself to be made a fool of, you make the donation. Otherwise being made a fool of is free ... no donation necessary, but ample photo opportunities.

    I might be reading all of this wrong, or Christie and Co aren't really into the donation part of this ... just the photo op itself.

    August 13, 2014 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Lynda/Minnesota

    Posted himself on Facebook, did he? I don't suppose he looked any less mature than when he donned a baseball uniform and threw out the first pitch ... or was it a softball uniform he donned at that time?

    At any rate, Chris Christie soaking wet or Chris Christie wearing knee high socks are two photo opportunities best left to the imagination of those impressed with such attention getting theatrics.
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    Ew. CNN. I just ate breakfast. It's hard to imagine someone watching it and being able to live to tell about it.

    August 13, 2014 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  14. Sniffit

    "Let the Democrat food fight and back stabbing begin!!! On the far, far, far left, we have the progressive/socialist/communist commune of the Democrat Party that is now in control. And to the far left, we have the Clintonistas, the closest resemblance to the former Democrat Party, that really doesn't exist any more."

    That's some mighty fine projection you got there. GOP/Teatrolls should maybe try to patent it as defense technology at this point, maybe something like the "Iron Denial" system.

    August 13, 2014 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Wake Up!
    . Even though in their tiny minds, him just being POTUS is demeaning the office.
    -----------------------------------------------------
    Oooh! Brrr!
    That was cold-blooded....but oh so true.

    August 13, 2014 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Lynda/Minnesota wrote:

    @ Rudy: "Please, excuse me if I'm having a senior moment. Am I missing something here? Are you telling me that every time someone posts a video of themselves merrily getting doused that it means that they are *not* making a donation?"

    If you read Christie's tweet, he states: "You all have 24 hours or you must donate $100 to ALS. Good Luck!" I've already had my senior moment on the Rand Paul thread; but if I'm not mistaken, on yesterday's thread wasn't the donation set at $1000? From the tweet, I get the impression that if you DON'T allow yourself to be made a fool of, you make the donation. Otherwise being made a fool of is free ... no donation necessary, but ample photo opportunities.

    I might be reading all of this wrong, or Christie and Co aren't really into the donation part of this ... just the photo op itself.
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    $1000? I dunno, maybe it was. I'm reading these photo ops the same way. They're not making donations. I remember "rs" or somebody posting something about how the challenge really works, in a way that they do donate.

    August 13, 2014 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  17. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Sniffit says:
    August 13, 2014 10:44 am at 10:44 am
    “Let the Democrat food fight and back stabbing begin!!! On the far, far, far left, we have the progressive/socialist/communist commune of the Democrat Party that is now in control. And to the far left, we have the Clintonistas, the closest resemblance to the former Democrat Party, that really doesn’t exist any more.”

    That’s some mighty fine projection you got there. GOP/Teatrolls should maybe try to patent it as defense technology at this point, maybe something like the “Iron Denial” system.

    Aren't they just adorable?!?! The POTUS and the former SOS have a difference of opinion and it becomes a full fledged fight. Yet they are having primaries within their nut case party and there is no rift. It's like all of them that have been screaming impeachment for years, bragging about controlling the Senate so they would be able to impeach the POTUS, and now them and their MSM are trying to pretend that's not what they've been screaming for years and saying the Democrats are talking impeachment. I can't believe they get away with such bare faced lies.

    August 13, 2014 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Lynda Minnesota
    That's the way I read and understood it also.
    Either you get soaked for free or you must donate $100.
    Cheap, attention-seeking chumps.

    August 13, 2014 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  19. Lynda/Minnesota

    "$1000? I dunno, maybe it was."

    Yeah ... I misread. It is $100. For all the media hoopla, $100 from celebrities doesn't amount to a hill of beans.

    August 13, 2014 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  20. S.B. Stein

    I am glad that he is helping to promote awareness of a disease. If he would actually sit down and look at all the options to do what the contract and law states when it comes to the state pension funds, that would be better for many people in NJ who worked hard for the state. There are many people out there who put in years working for the state making sure the rules are followed that could lose something that was promised. How presidential is that, violating the law and breaking promises and dodging responsibility because of ideological leanings instead of helping people. It sounds like Congress.

    August 13, 2014 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lynda Minnesota
    I almost missed your post in regards to the eye-opening Republican awakening that your hubby is currently undergoing.
    Poor hubs!
    But hey, at least the political talk around the dining room table will be more substantive than "Both Parties do it dear" etc, eh?!
    All I can say my dear friend is that when life-long Republicans are doing a double-take with a grimace at their once venerable Party, it doesn't bode well for the (GOP) team.

    August 13, 2014 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  22. Rudy NYC

    WUP wrote:

    That’s some mighty fine projection you got there. GOP/Teatrolls should maybe try to patent it as defense technology at this point, maybe something like the “Iron Denial” system.

    Aren't they just adorable?!?! The POTUS and the former SOS have a difference of opinion and it becomes a full fledged fight. Yet they are having primaries within their nut case party and there is no rift. It's like all of them that have been screaming impeachment for years, bragging about controlling the Senate so they would be able to impeach the POTUS, and now them and their MSM are trying to pretend that's not what they've been screaming for years and saying the Democrats are talking impeachment. I can't believe they get away with such bare faced lies.
    -------------------------
    There is a simple explanation for the apparent favoritism for right wing talking points. Conservatives own most of the media, which is one fact about the media that the right wing is quick to deny. Almost 90% of all news media sources [meaning cable, radio, TV, and print media] is owned by conservatives.

    Back in 2008, thanks to outlets like Fox, over 80% of cable news stories about candidate Obama were negative. Thanks to all of the right wing pundits on AM stations all across America, and Limbaugh's daily reruns, the numbers are even worse on radio. Thanks to all of those small town newspapers across America, it's the same story for printed media.

    August 13, 2014 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Yet they are having primaries within their nut case party and there is no rift."

    If our primary yesterday was any indication, more people turned out for Dayton and Franken (yes, they WERE primaried) then turned out for Michele Bachmann's replacement and the GOP dude who is going to run against Franken. Quite the rift, eh?

    Anyhow ... the man now officially running against Franken pulled out his own stitches because, well ... the doctor was too busy to do it for him; so he's familiar with doctors and stuff. Says he's "gonna kill Obamacare".

    The dude running against Mark Dayton doesn't remember who he is; but he DOES know he wants to make Minnesota another Wisconsin, because, well ... he thinks Scott Walker is cool.

    The dude who is going replace Bachmann? He's had some "issues" over the years, and while he absolutely HATES government, he ran against Dayton for governor and is now on par for once again wanting that big government check and benefits (coming his way in November).

    Meanwhile that Democratic rift? They each got a percentage or two of votes against Dayton and Franken.

    August 13, 2014 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  24. Lynda/Minnesota

    "All I can say my dear friend is that when life-long Republicans are doing a double-take with a grimace at their once venerable Party, it doesn't bode well for the (GOP) team."

    It certainly doesn't bode well for Minnesota Republicans. After last nights primary, he got a look at who is now officially running against Franken and Dayton. Suffice it to say, his words are not appropriate for CNNs ticker comments.

    August 13, 2014 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  25. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Like I said their MSM. Which is how they are able to lie through their teeth. Now all of a sudden the GOP doesn't want to impeach the POTUS. Too frackalacking funny. Their deception knows no limits. It's like they're saying please let us take over the Senate and we promise not to impeach Obama.

    Wink, wink😜😜

    August 13, 2014 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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