Chris Christie has never been afraid to wander off the political script.
In March 2012, he made headlines after calling a former Navy SEAL an idiot at a town hall meeting. He’s yukked it up with late-night television host David Letterman as the two munched a jelly doughnut. He’s referred to the head of the Senate budget panel as an “arrogant S.O.B.”
Now, the 50-year-old Republican governor of New Jersey whom public pollsters already are testing in the 2016 presidential field, is set to tackle a new role: a scripted cameo on the “Michael J. Fox Show,” according to the network. It’s unclear what role he’ll play or what date the episode will air, a spokeswoman said.
Colin Reed, a spokesman for Christie, confirmed the appearance and declined to comment or specify any details.
Christie, set to win an easy victory in November for a second term as head of the Garden State, disclosed in May that he underwent lap-band surgery to lose weight. Weeks before, he and Letterman took turns gnawing the pastry as the comedian apologized for pat barbs about Christie’s weight.
Letterman has made the governor a frequent subject of biting Top 10 lists, and while Christie publicly considered a bid for the White House in the last election cycle, Letterman put his weight at 400 pounds.