Is Chris Christie the real-life Tony Soprano?
That's what Christie said he thought when he saw the cover of this week's Time magazine, which depicts him in a tough-guy pose. The headline is "The Boss." The caption says he is the "master of disaster."
We're not sure what the article is about, and Christie wasn't even interviewed for it, but Christie said today the picture makes him look like Soprano, played by James Gandolfini in the hit HBO series about the New Jersey mob, "The Sopranos."
And, well, he has a point.
"I'm reporting Time magazine to the like anti-Italian Defamation League. I mean look at that thing with ‘The Boss’ underneath it, I mean come on. I can't wait for that to come home for my kids to see it," Christie said, jokingly, on Fox Business Network's "Imus In The Morning" (see below).
But Andre' DiMino of the Italian-American One Voice Coalition is not joking. He told the Star-Ledger that although the cover made no mention of the fact that Christie is part Italian-American, “in the rest of the country this will just put out that subliminal message that Christie and the mafia is the same...They still have to go back to that negative, lowest common denominator of making that connection."
Regardless, there's definitely one crime committed here -- of the journalistic kind. Isn't that picture just like this one last year in The New York Times magazine?