Walking victory parade, Christie says he 'can't stop now'

Like a World Series champ showing off his shiny new ring, Gov. Christie walked the proverbial victory parade this morning after the late-night Assembly vote establishing wide-ranging pension and health benefits reform. (Read our coverage of Christie's biggest legislative win to date, here).

Along the parade route this morning Christie dropped a sleak new video (below), unveiled a brand-new Twitter hash tag called #cantstopnow and sat down on the comfy chairs of the "Today" show with Matt Lauer (here). 

Then governor-elect, Christopher J. Christie gives a thumbs-up in 2009. He and Lt. Gov.-elect Kim Guadagno visited Newark's Robert Treat Academy.

Asked how lawmakers in Washington, DC, can learn from him as they debate their way out of their own budgetary mess, Christie said: "You can't negotiate through a secondary person, and in all do respect to the vice president, the president's gotta show up."

By contrast, Christie said he spent hours upon hours personally negotiating the bill with Democratic State Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver.

"We got into the rings ourselves, we battled it out, we came to compromise and we did it," he said.

The gov also defended his comment last week to a woman who asked why he sends his kids to private schools while simultaneously making cuts to public schools. Christie had responded: "First off it's none of your business." 

Christie stood by his comments this morning. "To think that as governor you don't understand the cuts that you make and the effects that it has on people is nonsensical," Christie told Lauer.

On Sunday, the parade continues when Christie appears on "Meet The Press" with David Gregory

And on a side note, at different moments the gov called Lauer "babe" and "baby."