Politicians almost never go wrong by poking fun at themselves. Typically we see this at the national level when the press and the president gather each year for the White House Correspondents' Dinner. New Jersey's version of this annual gathering, it turns out, is more of a roast, with the press performing gently mocking song-and-dance numbers — and in the case of Gov. Chris Christie (R), poking fun at his weight.
The big topic at Tuesday night's dinner was Christie's lap-band weight-loss surgery, revealed publicly earlier in the day. "I guess Springsteen's not the band closest to the governor's heart," quipped local radio reporter Kevin McArdle, the evening's master of ceremonies. But Christie got the last laugh — and it didn't even involve any fat jokes.
In a short, seven-minute video, Christie manages to make fun of his own political aspirations, adoration of Bruce Springsteen, lovefest with MSNBC's Morning Joe, and the idea that the suit makes the man — and he does it with the help of Alec Baldwin, James Carville, Jon Bon Jovi, Saturday Night Live's Bobby Moynihan, celebrities not generally associated with Republican politics. The premise of the skit is that Christie's enviable popularity is intimately tied to the fleece he wore in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Watch Christie's humorous odyssey for his golden fleece above.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- It's official: The religious right is calling it quits
- Obama just kneecapped Jeb Bush and Chris Christie's 2016 prospects
- How science is accelerating our search for alien life
- The dangerously childish morality of liberal ObamaCare supporters
- 10 things you need to know today: November 23, 2014
- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1: 10 major differences between the book and the movie
- Inside Turkey's shadow war with ISIS
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- 10 classic Sesame Street moments we wouldn't show today's kids
Subscribe to the Week