Chris Christie Takes Some Ribbing From Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy Fallon was shocked to hear that he wasn’t the first “Jimmy” to come to Gov. Chris Christie’s mind.
“I’m from New Jersey, do you know how many Jimmies I know?” Mr. Christie said, before they broke into a laugh.
Mr. Christie’s appearance on “The Tonight Show” on Monday seemed less an interview and more a casual-yet-caffeinated banter between on-screen friends.
Mr. Fallon previewed the interview in his monologue, saying that Governor Christie “showed up in one of Miley Cyrus’s outfits from the V.M.A.s last night.”
And as Mr. Christie told a story about getting ice cream with Mitt Romney and Senator Marco Rubio’s families in New Hampshire over the Fourth of July, Mr. Fallon cut him off.
“First of all, you weren’t like ‘all right,’” Mr. Fallon said with a sheepish inflection, imitating how Mr. Christie told the story.
Mr. Fallon then pumped his fists like a child excited about his Rocky Road. “You were like, ‘Yahoo!’”
Mr. Christie momentarily acted offended and wandered offstage, before returning to finish the story, explaining that the three Republican leaders floundered for cash to treat their children to ice cream before being saved by Ann Romney.
“Don’t worry, would-be presidents, I have it handled,” she chided the men, according to Mr. Christie.
But amid the joking and jockeying, Mr. Fallon hit on a point plaguing the Christie campaign as it struggles to gain traction in the crowded field.
“And now Trump is running, and boy, is he just going out and yelling and saying stuff,” Mr. Fallon said. “I thought that was going to be your thing.”
The smile Mr. Christie had been wearing for the entire interview twitched a little, before he responded. “Life is a strange, strange ride Jimmy,” he said, “and we’ll just keep riding it.”