Christie Takes Some Bridge Jokes — Dishes, Too

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie attends a news briefing during the Republican Governors Association's quarterly meeting on May 21, 2014 in New York City.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie attends a news briefing during the Republican Governors Association’s quarterly meeting on May 21, 2014 in New York City.

Give Chris Christie one thing — the guy can take a bridge joke.

And make one or two himself.

At last night’s annual New Jersey Legislative Correspondents Club dinner in Trenton, the 51-year-old Republican’s current political troubles over the lane closings at the George Washington Bridge, as expected, dominated the night. At least eight of the 14 songs sung revolved around the episode.

Christie’s personal favorite? A medley poking fun at David Wildstein, the Christie ally and high school classmate accused of sparking the closings, that New Jersey Television anchor and Michael Aron sang to the tune of 60′s classics “Wild Thing” and “Born to Be Wild.”

Christie later hugged Aron and during his speech singled the song out as deserving particular praise: “I’ve been waiting for five months for someone to say that (expletive) about Wildstein. Thank you.”

During his own speech, correspondent club president and Star-Ledger reporter Matt Friedman repeatedly ripped on the extent to which the bridge flap has damaged Christie’s standing. In one line, Friedman joked about he was drafted to serve as the club’s leader.

`Take heart, governor, anyone really can be president,” he quipped.

Friedman also joked that Christie’s potential 2016 presidential campaign will be “the toughest two weeks any of us have ever had.”

As the governor spoke before the packed catering hall full of reporters, politicians and lobbyists, Christie almost gave them what they wanted.
 “I know what you’d all like me to talk about,” Christie said. “You’d like me to take an opportunity to tell you my side of the story. And I thought about this and I’ve decided, you know, this is such a great group of friends tonight that it is, it is time for me maybe, maybe to do that.”Just then, his administration’s Chief Counsel Chris Perrino bounded onto the stage and whispered in Christie’s ear.

“On advice of counsel …” Christie said, to applause.

Christie’s administration also showed a prepared video spoofing reality television show “Undercover Boss” in which the governor posed as an aide to Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno to learn how his administration functions when he isn’t there.

 

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