NEW YORK — Gov. Chris Christie danced with Jimmy Fallon around testy issues such as the New Jersey governor’s involvement in shutting down the George Washington Bridge, his weight, Eric Cantor and a 2016 presidential run.
Consider a hypothetical situation in which the governor of New Jersey were to run for President in 2016 against Hillary Clinton, Fallon said Thursday night. The governor appeared on Fallon’s “The Tonight Show” on NBC.
“Could you beat her?”
“You bet,” Christie said.
“In a dance off,” Fallon said.
In a segment titled, “The Evolution of Dad Dancing,” on “The Tonight Show,” Fallon and the Republican governor appeared alongside each other. They grabbed their belts and demonstrated dance moves like “Don’t Make Me Turn This Car Around,” “The Passionate Elliptical” and “This Bridge is Closed’.”
“You’re a pretty good dancer,” Fallon said.
“You had a little scandal happen,” said the talk show host, alluding to what Christie’s chief of staff, Kevin O’Dowd, has called a “major distraction.” That scandal has implicated Christie appointees in orchestrating traffic jams as political retribution — effectively shutting down the nation’s busiest bridge in September.
Christie attended a lunch for winning “Father of the Year” by the Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council in Manhattan.
“I have four children, you know, one of them showed up,” he said.
“But you ate the other three lunches,” Fallon said.
Christie said Eric Cantor is a “friend and a good guy,” and his primary loss Tuesday in Virginia was “unfortunate.”
“That’s what democracy is all about,” the Republican said. “You’ve got to speak your mind and then let people decide.”