Jon Stewart started out Monday night's Daily Show with some good jokes about the Super Bowl and some incomprehensible jokes about a newly married Irish couple in his studio audience. He followed that up with a look at how new New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has dealt with the third big snowfall of his month-old tenure.
During the previous storm, residents of the tony Upper East Side complained that they had to wait up to 24 hours for their roads to be cleared of snow, while areas of the city that supported de Blasio in the election (instead of his Democratic primary opponent Christine Quinn) were swept clean more quickly. Stewart checked in with correspondents Samantha Bee (snow-free Times Square), Jessica Williams (tropical Brooklyn), and Aasif Mandvi (arctic Upper East Side) to see how the cleanup went this time.
Stewart then turned his gaze across the Hudson to New Jersey, and the deepening political scandal embroiling Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.). He spent a good amount of time examining the ties that bind Christie with one-time high school classmate David Wildstein, whom Christie appointed to a new position at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Wildstein, the official implicated in closing lanes onto the George Washington bridge, recently said through a lawyer that Christie knew about the politically motivated traffic jam, contradicting Christie's public statements.
This is juicy stuff, especially since Christie has also said — contrary to media reports — that he and Wildstein weren't even acquaintances in high school. When Wildstein turned on Christie, the governor lobbed more high school–era accusations against his appointee. With all this red meat, why, Stewart wondered, is the media being uncharacteristically evenhanded and waiting to see the proof before passing judgment? "Who are you people?" he asked. "Where's the swift, impatient justice in the court of public opinion — you know, the news?"
Stewart then pronounced himself disappointed, not in Christie, but in the news media. "If this measured-approach thing catches on," he says, "I'm out of a f—king job!" (Watch above)
The rest of the show is Stewart's interview with de Blasio. In part one, Stewart asked about the snow — drawing some pretty good responses from the mayor — then got down to the important business: pizza. If you are a Daily Show watcher, you know that 1) Stewart is obsessed with New York–style pizza and believes there is only one acceptable way to eat it, and 2) de Blasio was caught on film violating that rule, using a knife and fork instead of his hands.
So Stewart brought out a sausage and mushroom pie from John's Pizzeria in the West Village. De Blasio was obviously prepared for this, as he brought a knife and fork out of his jacket pocket. The absurdity of Stewart's arbitrary pizza purity aside, they get some good jokes in:
In part two, Stewart and de Blasio talk about actual things of substance, like stop-and-frisk, de Blasio's plan to tax the wealthy to pay for universal pre-K for New York City children, and economic inequality. There's more of their interview online, if you're interested. But you'll get plenty of policy in this five-minute stretch. Watch:
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