Appearing on Wednesday’s episode of NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) surprised the audience as he took up a microphone and began to “slow jam the news,” mocking himself, his weight, his political aspirations and his overtly political decision to stage a special election weeks before his own upcoming reelection attempt, rather than on the same day.
“Watch out, because it’s coming prematurely,” Fallon said of the planned special election. “October 16, to be exact.”
“The decisions that need to be made in Washington are too great to be determined by an appointee for 18 months,” Christie said. “What we don’t need is another unelected politician just sitting around the Congress, whether it’s in the Senate or the House of Representatives.”
“Mmm-mmm-mmm,” Fallon chimed back. “Take it from my man, the love gov. When he sits around the House of Representatives, he really sits around the House of Representatives.”
Christie shook his head at Fallon, drawing laughs from the audience.
“As governor, I won’t allow political insiders and party elites to determine who the Republican and Democratic nominees will be this fall,” Christie added. “This special election is not about playing politics, it’s about doing the right thing.”
“You ain’t lying, C.C.,” Fallon quipped. “Now look at you, sounding all presidential-like. You got something you want to announce on the show right now?”
The music stopped. “Come on, Jimmy,” Christie said. “You really think I’d announce a presidential run on this show?”
“Say whatever you want,” Fallon replied. “But in 2016…”
The music suddenly fired back up as Fallon’s house band, The Roots, boomed: “Baby, you were born to ruuuuuun!”
Despite the governor’s claim that a special election weeks before his own election is non-political, he said in 2009 that a special election mere weeks before the general vote would be irresponsible and costly, potentially exceeding $10 million.
As it turns out, the special election he ultimately called for is projected to cost New Jersey taxpayers over $24 million, at a time when the state is slashing tens of millions out of programs like charity medical care, after-school programs and college tuition subsidies.
This video is from “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” aired June 12, 2013.