Christie on Time Cover: Who Cares?

It's 'not the first weight joke thrown my way'

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 10, 2013 11:11 AM CST

(Newser) – Chris Christie hit four of the five major talk shows today, squarely tackling that whole elephant-in-the-room controversy thusly: "Who cares, I mean, seriously. I'm on the cover of Time magazine, you know?" he said on Fox News Sunday, as per Politico. "It is certainly not the first weight joke that has been thrown my way over the course of the last four years." Given the sheer number of appearances, he had plenty more to say. Some of the highlights:

  • On how he won over female and minority voters: "The lesson is to govern and to show up, and let me explain what I mean. On governing, it's about doing things, accomplishing things, reaching across the aisle and crafting accomplishments. And ... you can't just show up six months before an election into groups that have not normally voted for you and expect that they are going to vote for you. I've been working on this for four years."

  • On whether he'll serve all four years of his newly won term: "Who knows? I don’t know. I’m going to continue to do my job and finish the job. But everybody who is trying to figure out what life is going to bring you a few years from now? I didn’t expect to be sitting here four years ago. Nobody can make those predictions."
  • On whether he's a conservative or a moderate: "I don’t get into these labels. Judge me by my record. That I’m very, very comfortable with. All the labels? That’s for the folks down in Washington, DC. Obviously, they love playing that game."
  • On what he thinks about Iranian nuclear talks: "I’m the governor of New Jersey. I think for me to be expressing opinions on this this morning would be ill-advised and I’m not going to do it. I think there are people who are significantly better briefed on this than I am. I think it’s very dangerous for folks like me to get involved in the middle of this and start giving opinions. We have to let Secretary Kerry do his work."

In this Nov. 5, 2013 file photo, Gov. Chris Christie celebrates his election victory in Asbury Park, NJ.
In this Nov. 5, 2013 file photo, Gov. Chris Christie celebrates his election victory in Asbury Park, NJ.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie visits with students at Jose Marti Freshman Academy in Union City, NJ, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie visits with students at Jose Marti Freshman Academy in Union City, NJ, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013.   (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie listens to a question in Trenton, NJ, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie listens to a question in Trenton, NJ, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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