Gov. Christie dug into a pint of Ben and Jerry’s with Jimmy Fallon while weathering a barrage of jokes about his weight and brash demeanor in an amiable late-night television appearance Wednesday.
Kicking back with NBC’s “The Tonight Show” host like old friends, the Republican governor didn’t make any news about his potential presidential bid, reiterating he would announce a decision by “May or June.”
Instead, Christie played along with Fallon’s ribbing, including about his weight. After Fallon played a clip from a recent town-hall meeting with a young girl asking Christie what his favorite dessert was – the answer was ice cream – Fallon brought out a carton of Ben and Jerry’s “The Tonight Dough.” The governor grabbed the pint before Fallon could dip a spoon in.
A New Jersey ally of Gov. Christie’s has thrown his support to a Republican rival expected to run for president in 2016.
Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R., Monmouth), who chaired Christie’s 2009 gubernatorial campaign, is supporting former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Bush spokesman Tim Miller confirmed Tuesday.
Miller also said Kyrillos made a $10,000 donation to Bush’s super PAC. Kyrillos’ support of Bush was first reported Monday by the Washington Post.
More than half of New Jersey voters disapprove of Gov. Christie’s job performance, an approval rating that marks an all-time low, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
According to the poll, 56 percent of the state’s voters disapprove of Christie’s job performance, while 38 percent approve. In several polls between August 2014 and January, Christie’s approval rating ranged from 46 to 49 percent, while his disapproval rating was below 50 percent.
Nearly two-thirds of New Jersey voters surveyed by the poll released Monday – 65 percent – also say Christie would not make a good president, compared to 29 percent who said he would.
While in New Hampshire seeking to boost his presidential prospects, Gov. Christie said Friday that he did not consider himself wealthy.
“No, I don’t,” he told a reporter. The remarks were broadcast and posted online by NJ.com. “I don’t consider myself a wealthy man. Wealth is defined in a whole bunch of different ways.”
Christie and his wife, Mary Pat Christie, reported $698,838 in income in 2013. About $475,000 of that income came from Angelo, Gordon & Co., an investment firm where Mary Pat Christie is a managing director.
Gov. Christie covered broad ground over the last two days in New Hampshire, where he attacked prospective rivals, promised to focus on policy ideas, and name-dropped famous friends. Some of the recurring themes from his effort this week to gain traction in the presidential race:
Targeting rivals: Christie wasn’t combative during his first New Hampshire town-hall meeting, but he criticized Republican opponents this week, including in a round of interviews with local and national media. When conservative radio host Laura Ingraham asked him Wednesday about “the Bush approach to foreign policy and domestic policy,” Christie said: “I’d like to see what Jeb Bush has to say about these things. He’s certainly got a father and brother who have a record.”
He added that “the one speech” the former Florida governor had “given so far, I thought was rather general.”
Gov. Christie says he would “crack down” on states that have legalized marijuana if he were elected president.
Under federal law, marijuana is classified as an illegal Schedule I drug. But in recent years, Colorado and Washington legalized the sale and possession of pot for recreational use. The states collect taxes on sales.
The Obama administration has taken a hands-off approach in those states, allowing them to experiment with legalization.
When Gov. Christie was growing up, he says, Sunday was often pasta night. His mother, who did the cooking, made the gravy during the day.
Some might call that sauce. “When a Sicilian woman is making it, it’s gravy,” Christie says, in a show that airs Wednesday on New Jersey Public Television.
The debut of "Pasta and Politics" features an apron-wearing Christie talking about cooking -- he says he did a lot when he was first married -- and his job while he helps host Nick Acocella make rigatoni Bolognese.
Gov. Christie will hold two town-hall-style events during visits next week to the early presidential primary state of New Hampshire.
The events are part of what Christie’s team has dubbed a “Tell It Like It Is” tour, according to his political action committee’s website. In addition to an event advertised for April 15, a spokeswoman for the committee said another town hall would take place April 17.
Christie is slated to join other prospective Republican 2016 presidential candidates at a “leadership summit” in New Hampshire April 17-18. He will also be visiting the state April 14, though details of his schedule have not been released.