Chris Christie Stops By SNL
On Friday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie refused to answer a question about the liquidation of Twinkie manufacturer Hostess, saying “I’m on Saturday Night Live enough.” At the time, it seemed like an innocent deflection of a question that could bring mockery upon the rotund politician; but it turned out Christie had a double meaning. The governor got the last laugh when he actually appeared on SNL this week, stopping by Weekend Update to talk about the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Christie seemed to be quite the good sport, poking fun at his beloved New Jersey, his own infamous temper, and his now ubiquitous fleece.
It was a happy truce between the governor and the program that recently depicted him as a kneecap-breaking Goodfellas caricature. (Although even then, he seems to have gotten off better than Mitt Romney.)
I’m no fan of Christie’s union bashing and mean-spirited public exchanges, but credit is due: he’s done a good job leading his state through this tragedy, even when it meant bucking politics; and he was pretty funny on SNL, proving a natural and confident performer. Ironically though, as Hurricane Sandy elevated his national exposure even higher, it also seemed to drive a wedge further between the governor and his party.
What do you think of Christie’s SNL spot?