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Christie to Brave Letterman Show as Veteran of ‘Top 10’ Fat Jabs

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks to reporters at the Statehouse in Trenton, New Jersey. Photographer: Emile Wamsteker/Bloomberg

Jan. 31 (Bloomberg) -- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will make his first television appearance on CBS Corp.’s “Late Show,” where host David Letterman can crack wise in person about his girth and bluster.

The 50-year-old Republican, who is running for a second term, is a regular target of Letterman’s irreverent Top 10 lists. In September 2011, as Christie considered a run for U.S. president, Letterman, 65, introduced a White House-themed countdown by putting the governor’s weight at 400 pounds (181 kilograms).

“I want Chris Christie in this race,” Letterman said before introducing his list. “I just want to be able to meaningfully say, ’Hey! Bring it, fat boy!’”

Christie is scheduled for the Feb. 4 broadcast, according to a network news release.

The governor, married with four children, has said he has struggled with weight control since his teenage years, and has told interviewers that jabs don’t bother him. He has made comic turns on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” and the network’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” where he and the host performed a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Thunder Road.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Elise Young in Trenton at eyoung30@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Stephen Merelman at smerelman@bloomberg.net

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