Christie eats doughnut, gives payback on Letterman show

David Letterman takes a bite out of Gov. Christie's doughnut.
David Letterman takes a bite out of Gov. Christie's doughnut. (JEFFREY NEIRA / CBS)
Posted: February 06, 2013

David Letterman once altered a video to make it look as if Gov. Christie was preparing a turkey in the middle of an MSNBC-TV interview. He has also depicted the New Jersey governor struggling to get out of a chair during an Oprah interview.

Letterman even devoted an entire "Top 10" list to Christie fat jokes: What if Christie were president? "Instead of Iraq, we'd invade IHOP." And: "The cabinet now has a Secretary of Cake."

On Monday night, the governor got his payback.

He made his first appearance ever on Late Night With David Letterman, and, according to highlights released by CBS, the governor at one point pulled a doughnut out of his pocket - and took a bite.

"I didn't know this [TV appearance] was going to be this long," Christie quipped by way of explanation. Later, Letterman took a bite out of the same doughnut.

Christie walked onstage to the tune of Bruce Springsteen's "Thunder Road," according to a transcript of the taping, and displayed the same good-natured tolerance of Letterman's fat jokes that he has shown before.

"From my perspective, if the joke is funny, I laugh, even if it's about me. If it's not funny, I don't laugh," Christie told Letterman. "But I've never felt like it was, you know, anything that really bugged me all that much, no."

Christie said 40 percent of Letterman's fat jokes about him were funny, and even read a couple of his faves. This classic, however, wasn't one of them: "Republicans are having trouble luring Gov. Chris Christie into the presidential race. They should try pie."

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