June 13th, 2013
08:01 AM ET
10 years ago

Christie 'Born to run'? Gov drops hints during Late Night 'Slow Jam'

(CNN) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie dropped by NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Wednesday to try his hand at "Slow Jamming the News" - a bit famously started by NBC newsman Brian Williams.

And while a special Senate election may not sound like a natural topic for a slow jam, somehow it worked. Christie said his decision to hold the election this October - criticized by Democrats and even some Republicans - wasn't "about playing politics. It's about doing the right thing."

"Now look at you sounding all presidential like," Fallon interjected. "You got something you want to announce on the show right now?"

"Come on Jimmy, do you really think I would come on this show to announce something like a presidential run?" the Republican governor shot back.

That's when Fallon's band The Roots started playing Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run."

Though Fallon and Christie "slow jammed" about the Senate special election in New Jersey and Christie's presidential ambitions, the duo never strayed far from one of Fallon's favorite punch lines: Christie's waistline.

"Look, we all know this election is going to cost tax payers some money, but these costs can't be measured against having an elected member of the United States Senate," Christie said over the sound of smooth jazz. "That's why I'm throwing my full weight behind this decision."

That's when Fallon jumped in: "Oh come on now Christie Cream Donut, how are you gonna be setting me up like that? It's too easy. It's not even funny."

"Isn't that what your audience says every night?" the governor responded.

Christie sat down with Fallon afterwards to discuss a range of topics, including the state's cleanup efforts from Hurricane Sandy, but first addressed his recent weight loss surgery, telling Fallon that he didn't think it was "anyone's business but mine and my family's," but that he expected the public to get wind of the news eventually.

"I've lost some weight," Christie told Fallon, adding he is already feeling better since the surgery in February.

For his part, Fallon worried what would happen to his monologue if Christie continues to shed pounds.

Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. smith

    Christie 2016, a sure win over hil-dogg clinton. Get ready dems,

    June 13, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  2. Anonymous

    As with most Republicans, Christie's ego will be his biggest downfall. Dude can't get enough of himself.

    June 13, 2013 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  3. Jopa

    RINOS can run but they can't hide...

    June 13, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    It was all done in jest, folks. It was a joke. Look at what Christie does if you want to figure out if he's considering 2016. He would need to build a nation wide network of support in order to win the primaries. You cannot just grow that overnight. Can you imagine the reaction in red states to Christie seeking support for a candidacy?

    June 13, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  5. larry

    Yeah....born to run to the nearest doughnut shop!

    June 13, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  6. Arun

    It's not to expensive to have a special election 2 weeks before a general election, but the state doesn't have money for teachers!! What a joke this guy is!!

    June 13, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  7. Data Driven

    Is "Slow Jam" on Fallon the new rite of passage? I'm shuddering as I envision Hillary, Rand, Michele Bachmann doing this.

    June 13, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  8. GottaBeKidding

    LOL Data Driven – Michele Bachmann slow jammin the news!

    June 13, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  9. Guess

    Christie could be a good challenger, but you forget, the gop would rather lose, and obstruct for another term, than have a guy they cant control in charge, all gop candidates must bow to the super pacs. they say it all the time, go our way or get primarrried, they know who runs the gop, you dont hear the dems superpacs pulling that garbage

    June 13, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. Guess

    Christie speaks HIS mind, as disturbing as that is sometimes (early election is about avoiding the high democratic turnout) the gop will never let a guy who wont do exactly as the superpacs(koch brothers, norquist,rove) wish. why vote for a party who does not even care what you want? but insists you do exactly as they say, or else you lose your job. i thought they were supposed to work for us. but they do what they are told

    June 13, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |