The news that Christie made Walters' cut came on the same day the New York Times reported he has been busy trying to heal a rift with fellow Republicans still miffed that he spoke positively about President Obama's leadership during the Hurricane Sandy crisis a week before the election.
Joining a "Most Fascinating" list that includes Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton may not help on that front, just as becoming buddies with his idol - and Obama supporter - Bruce Springsteen raised eyebrows in some GOP circles.
Walters, for her part, told the Associated Press that she found Christie to be "pleasant, smart, funny," and "good-natured."
He made her list because of his handling of Sandy and because "he's probably now the best-known governor in America," Walters said.
Never mind that Oprah Winfrey already found him fascinating in an hour-long interview on Oprah's Next Chapter in January.
Among those also on Walters' list are Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas; Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane; E.L. James, author of 50 Shades of Grey; the boy band One Direction; and the actor-director Ben Affleck.
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