Late Night: David Letterman really enjoys Chris Christie fat jokes
As of this morning, Chris Christie is still not running for president, and no one, it seems, is more disappointed than David Letterman.
On Tuesday night's "Late Show," Letterman expressed his hope that the first-term New Jersey governor would make a bid for the White House. It's not that he supports Christie's policies -- he just really, really likes making jokes about Christie's hefty physique.
As he told bandleader Paul Schaffer, Letterman wants Christie to run because "I want to be able to say, meaningfully, 'Bring it, fat boy!' If you can't honestly say, 'Bring it, fat boy!' then the terrorists have won."
Christie's weight -- which Letterman estimated was "close to 400 pounds" -- was the inspiration for the night's top-10 list: "Ways the country would be different if Chris Christie were president."
Even for Letterman, who's never been known for his kind, cuddly sense of humor, the list was mean-spirited -- and a touch juvenile. Consider No. 8: "The cabinet will now have a Secretary of Cake," or No. 7, "New state: Fatassachusetts." For the record, this is hardly the first time that Letterman has made cruel fat jokes -- just ask Kirstie Alley.
What do you think? Is Christie's weight fair game, or did Letterman cross the line?
-- Meredith Blake
Photo: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers remarks Tuesday at the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum in Simi Valley, Calif. Credit: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images