Challenge accepted: Chris Christie gets doused in ice water
August 13th, 2014
08:05 AM ET
3 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. salty dog

    Our town seems to be very lucky concerning weather, hope you come out well wup, this can be so very expensive and laborious repairing water damage.

    August 13, 2014 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    True. And if the government is so bad why do they want to be a part of it so badly??? If it's so evil and broken? And why is government only broken when there's a Democrat in the WH?

    On another note. Did you guys get a lot of rain Monday? I was on a bus that filled up with water when we went down a hill. Talk about scary!!!!😁😳😁😳
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    Long Island caught the worse of it overnight, in the early morning hours. Between midnight and 9 AM, the island saw over 12 inches of rain across half of the island. They recorded 9 inches of that rain falling between 5 and 7 AM. Many streets went from simply wet to three foot deep floods in less than a minute as the runoff rushed across the land like tsunami wave.

    August 13, 2014 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  3. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    I'm not sure how much rain we got but it was a lot. The streets were flooded and the freeways. So many flooded basements. Kids were kayaking in the suburbs. Though I don't know how, the water was filthy.

    August 13, 2014 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....
    I'm not sure how much rain we got but it was a lot. The streets were flooded and the freeways. So many flooded basements. Kids were kayaking in the suburbs. Though I don't know how, the water was filthy.
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    The street flooding made it into our local news. Hey, be safe ... !

    August 13, 2014 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Thanks friends. I'm being super safe. But it was a scary bus ride home on Monday. My video hit our local news and even CNN contacted me about it. There are many cars still stalled in the streets. One of my co-workers had 3 ft of water in her basement. 😔😔

    August 13, 2014 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  6. Thomas

    Did Gov. Chris Christie go to Mexico ?

    August 13, 2014 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  7. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP THE NATIONAL JOKE PARTY , WE WONT PASS ANYTHING AND STILLGET PAID

    It's a good cause, my wife recently died of ALS and it's complications after having it only two years, I guess I'll have to challenge all of you out there to do the bucket or make a donation to the ALS Society . Maybe someone else won't have to suffer so much!!!!!

    August 13, 2014 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  8. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    I'm sorry about your wife but I don't think anyone here is saying it's not a worthy cause.

    August 13, 2014 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    I'm sorry about your wife but I don't think anyone here is saying it's not a worthy cause.
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    I'm sorry, too. We've been just wondering why people are dumping ice on their heads, instead of making a donation.

    August 13, 2014 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Rudy NYC says:
    August 13, 2014 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm
    Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross…..

    I’m sorry about your wife but I don’t think anyone here is saying it’s not a worthy cause.
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    I’m sorry, too. We’ve been just wondering why people are dumping ice on their heads, instead of making a donation.

    Exactly!! Wouldn't a donation be better?? Just asking...

    August 13, 2014 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. austin powers

    Btw, Wes, guess what my one word to describe Christie is, disaster.

    August 13, 2014 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  12. Tom l

    You guys on this thread should be ashamed of yourselves. Dude is doing a good thing and creating more awareness and all I read are fat jokes and other derogatory comments. Your disdain for anyone that does not agree with you politically is palpable and disgusting. He's raising more awareness which leads to more donations. Shame on all of you.

    August 13, 2014 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  13. Anthony

    This is a waste of ice water. If the Republicans feel like dumping ice water over their heads, they should save the ice water and just look at their poll numbers vs Hillary Clinton.

    August 13, 2014 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Tom l

    You guys on this thread should be ashamed of yourselves. Dude is doing a good thing and creating more awareness and all I read are fat jokes and other derogatory comments. Your disdain for anyone that does not agree with you politically is palpable and disgusting. He's raising more awareness which leads to more donations. Shame on all of you.
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    Awareness? Are they making donations, too? That's all that we're asking because the way we understand the challenge is that you either donate, or take the plunge. Do you plan to dump a bucket of ice water over your head? I don't.

    August 13, 2014 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
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