Exclusive - Chris Christie Extended Interview Pt. 1

  • Aired:  12/06/12
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In this exclusive, unedited interview, Governor Chris Christie discusses hurricane relief, Obamacare and New Jersey's other boss. (6:04)

>> WELCOME BACK.

MY GUEST TONIGHT, THE GOVERNOR OF THE GREAT STATE OF NEW JERSEY PLEASE WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM GOVERNOR

CHRIS CHRISTIE.

(APPLAUSE) THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

HOW YOU HAVE BEEN?

>> ARE YOU GETTING ANY REST AT ALL?

>> YEAH, STARTED TO LAST WEEK A LITTLE BIT AFTER THANKSGIVING, I TRIED TO GET

A LITTLE MORE STREET, A COUPLE DAYS OFF.

>> Jon: YOU AND I MAY NOT AGREE ON EVERYTHING BUT I THINK WE BOTH, TWO THINGS WE

VERY MUCH AGREE ON.

WE BOTH CAN'T WAIT AND KNOW THAT OUR GREAT STATE OF NEW JERSEY IS GOING TO BOUNCE

BACK STRONGER THAN EVER, GOING TO REBUILD.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Jon: AND WE BOTH WOULD VERY MUCH LIKE BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN TO HUG US.

>> YEAH, HE DID HUG ME RECENTLY.

>> Jon: DE REALLY.

>> YEAH, WHEN WE WERE AT THE TELETHON.

>> Jon: OH, THE TELETHON.

>> THAT NBC HAD.

YOU KNOW, I WAS ON THE STAGE AFTERWARD TALKING TO STEVE VAN ZANDT AND MAX WEINBERG

AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY WERE LOOKING BEHIND MOW AND THEY MOVED AWAY.

AND STOPPED TALKING.

SO I TURNED AROUND.

THERE HE WAS.

>> Jon: AND THERE HE WAS.

>> THERE HE WAS.

AN HE CAME UP AND PUT HIS HAND OUT.

AND SO I SHOOK HIS HAND.

I TRIED TO BE COOL.

I WASN'T.

AND THEN HE SAID COME ON, GIVE ME A HUG.

AND I SAID ALL RIGHT.

AND I HUGGED HIM.

AND-- .

>> Jon: GO HE -- DID HE GO COME ON, STOP, LET ME GO.

>> NO, I WAS-- YOU KNOW THAT IS ALWAYS HARD TO JUDGE, RIGHT, WHEN DOW STOP THE MAN

HUG, IT'S HARD.

>> Jon: YOU GOT TO GIVE ALSO THIS, THE PAT, OR DID YOU JUST GO SLOW DANCE.

>> NO I WENT SLOW DANCE.

>> Jon: YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING ME.

>> I Z I WHEN SLOW DANCE.

>> Jon: NO PAT.

>> NO PAT, I WENT SLOW DANCE.

BUT, BUT THEN HE SAID THE MOST AMAZING THING TO ME.

HE SAID IT'S OFFICIAL, WE'RE FRIENDS.

>> Jon: OH, WOW.

THAT'S NICE.

(APPLAUSE)

>> YEAH.

>> Jon: THAT'S NICE.

I'M HAPPY FOR YOU.

>> YOU KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE, THOUGH, JON, I'M LOOKING FOR A LITTLE MORE NOW.

>> Jon: REALLY?

>> YOU KNOW, IT'S TOUGH IT STICKS IN YOUR HEAD, YOU CONDITION STOP THINKING

ABOUT IT, 132 SHOWS, I MEAN.

>> Jon: TODAY THOUGH YOU WERE DOWN IN DC, TRYING TO GET SOME MONEY FROM THESE GUYS.

>> YUP.

>> Jon: TO HELP JERSEY.

WHAT ARE WE DEALING WITH DOWN THERE?

ARE THEY COMING UP WITH SOME RELIEF.

>> YEAH, I THINK THEY WILL.

YOU KNOW, IT'S A TYPICAL THING THAT GOES ON.

YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THE NUMBERS AND HOW MUCH AND WE PUT OUR NUMBER OUT THERE.

AND TRY TO CONVINCE THE PRESIDENT AND THE CONGRESS THAT THEY NEED TO COME THROUGH WITH THIS AND COME

THROUGH WITH IT QUICKLY BECAUSE AS YOU KNOW WE HAVE PEOPLE SUFFERING.

>> Jon: STILL.

>> AND WE NEED TO GET THEM BACK TO WORK.

>> I DONE KNOW, THE SCOPE OF THIS THING TRULY WAS LIKE SOMETHING THAT I HAVE NEVER

IN MY LIFE ON COMPREHENDED COULD OCCUR IN THAT AREA, FROM DOWN IN SOUTHERN JERSEY

ALL THE WAY UP STATEN ISLAND, THE WHOLE AREA, UTTERLY DEVASTATED.

>>IT IS INCREDIBLE.

I KNOW, WHEN I WENT OUT THE DAY AFTER THE STORM AND FIRST WE COULDN'T LAND.

WE HAD TO DO IT BY AIR.

I MEAN I JUST SAW THINGS DESTROYED THAT I-- YOU GET DISORIENTED BECAUSE AS YOU KNOW ABOUT THE SHORE THERE

ARE CERTAIN KIND OF ICONIC THINGS ON THE SHORE THAT HELP YOU TO ORIENT.

AND SOME OF OF THAT WAS GONE.

NOT LIKE JUST DESTROYED IT WAS GONE.

THERE WERE CERTAIN THINGS WHERE I DIDN'T KNOW, THE ONLY REASON I KNEW THERE HAD

BEEN A HOUSE THERE WAS THE IN THE GROUND POOL WAS STILL THERE.

BUT THERE WAS NOTHING LEFT OF THE HOME ITSELF.

IT WAS ALL GONE.

>> Jon: PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE THIS, THERE ARE, WHEN YOU LOOK AT THAT ROW ON THE

OCEAN THERE ARE REALLY NICE HOUSES THERE BUT THESE ARE WORKING CLASS COMMUNITIES.

BY THE BAYS THERE, INLAND A LITTLE BIT, UNION BEACH, THESE ARE WORKING COMMUNITIES THAT NEED TO

REBUILD AND NEED THE MONEY.

THIS ISN'T JUST MILLIONAIRES OR SECOND HOMES AND THAT TYPE OF THING.

>> DEFINITELY NOT.

IN FACT I WAS TELLING THE FOLKS IN WASHINGTON TODAY THAT THE HOMES THAT WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED, 80% OF

THEM WERE THE PERSON'S SOLE RESIDENCE.

AND SO PEOPLE THINK IT'S LIKE THE MILLIONAIRE HOMES ON THE BEACH.

BUT REALLY MOST OF THE FOLKS ARE THIS IS WHERE THEY LIVE EVERY DAY THIS IS WHERE

THEIR KID GOES TO SCHOOL.

THIS IS WHERE THEY'RE RETIRED TOO.

>> Jon: SO YOU ARE IN A WEIRD SPOT.

BECAUSE YOU'RE A GUY, SO YOU ARE DOWN THERE, ARE YOU ASKING FOR MONEY.

THE SAME DAY THE LEGISLATURE IN NEW JERSEY THEY ASK IF NEW JERSEY IS GOING TO DO AN

OBAMACARE EXCHANGE.

>> YEAH.

>> Jon: SO YOU'RE DOWN TALKING TO THE PRESIDENT WHILE IN YOUR STATE THEY'RE

SAYING ARE YOU GOING TO DO ONE OF THOSE STATE EXCHANGES.

YOU WANT MONEY FROM HIM BUT DOWN HERE YOU VETOED THE EXCHANGE.

GO HE KNOW ABOUT THAT?

DE SAY LIKE MAYBE I'LL THROW IN ANOTHER BILLION LIKE-- WHAT KIND OF-- WHAT KIND OF HORSE TRADING ARE WE

TALKING ABOUT.

>> NO, NO, HE DIDN'T.

LISTEN, I THINK HE UNDERSTANDS THAT THERE ARE ALL DIFFERENT KINDS OF ISSUES.

AND THERE ARE GOING TO BE SOME THAT WE AGREE ON AND SOME WE DON'T.

BUT WE GOT TO WORK TOGETHER.

AND I THINK WHAT HE CARES ABOUT MOST IS THAT WHEN YOU SIT ACROSS FROM HIM AND TRYING TO TALK TO HIM, YOU

REASON WITH HIM, AND YOU BE FAIR.

I THINK THAT'S WHAT WE TRIED TO DO THROUGH THE STORM.

AND NOT PLAY POLITICS AND JUST PLAY IT STRAIGHT AND FAIR.

>> Jon: SEE THAT'S THE STORM, ANY TIME AN EVENT LIKE THIS, IT'S HUMBLING.

BECAUSE YOU KNOW THE POLITICAL GAME WAS FAR MORE VITRIOLIC AND FAR MORE HYPERBOLIC WELL WE HAD SOME

FUN WITH YOU, THE WOKE BEFORE THE STORM YOU WERE OUT THERE, PRESIDENT OBAMA COULDN'T LEAD HIS WAY OUT OF

A PAPER BAG WAY FISTFUL OF 20s.

AND THEN RIGHT AFTER THE STORM WAS OVER YOU WERE LIKE THIS MAN IS THE LEADER.

HE IS-- LIKE DOESN'T THAT -- (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: .

>> Jon: DOESN'T THAT TELL YOU SOMETHING ABOUT THE GAME.

>> WHAT IT TELLS ME IS THAT PEOPLE HAVE DIFFERENT SKILL SETS AT DIFFERENT TIMES.

S THIS'S WHAT IT TELLS ME.

>> Jon: I SEE.

SO HE WASN'T A LEADER UNTIL YOU NEEDED LEADERSHIP.

>> MAYBE, MAYBE UNTIL HE WAS PRESENTED WITH A STARK OPPORTUNITY TO LEAD.

>> Jon: ALL RIGHT, FAIR ENOUGH.

WE'LL GET INTO THAT BECAUSE THAT IS A GOOD PHILOSOPHICAL DISCUSSION TO HAVE.

WE'LL COME BACK.

ONE MORE WITH GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE WHEN WE COME RIGHT BACK.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

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