Video: Ladies and gentlemen, the comedy stylings of Chris Christie and Cory Booker

posted at 4:41 pm on May 16, 2012 by Allahpundit

In case you missed this in Headlines last night, take three and a half minutes for a bit of political comedy that’s both amusing and, unusually, bipartisan. This was the highlight of New Jersey’s version of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner held yesterday in Trenton; everyone will get the Christie/VP gags but if you’re confused about Booker, this post will set you straight. One lingering question: How long will the buddy act here last? John Avlon wonders:

Despite their different political parties and political philosophies, the two have been able to find common ground on the critical area of education reform, thanks largely due to Booker’s willingness to buck the powerful teachers’ unions with his support for school choice and charter schools. Despite boosts like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s $100 million dollar gift to the Newark school system–and one of the highest per pupil spending rates in the nation at $22k–student performance and graduation rates still lag. Likewise, the per capita murder rate is far too high. But Booker, like Christie, retains an ability to pick tough fights and appeal across partisan lines, even if his approach is focused more on healing than confrontation.

With Christie up for re-election in 2013, there is some talk of a Christie-Booker confrontation, a fight between two possible top-of-the-ticket leaders in the future. This would be a must-win for Christie if he hopes to run for president in 2016. But an electoral car-crash between these two would be a waste of talent from a national and New Jersey perspective. Better to have Booker replace–and primary if necessary–the state’s geriatric Senator Frank Lautenberg.

We’re living in an age where politicians from different parties seem to have lost the ability to disagree agreeably. That’s why the joint video was such a welcome departure from the Washington warfare we’ve become accustomed to.

As for Christie possibly landing on the ticket this year, between the new Quinnipiac poll and the video on immigration from 2008 that Dave Weigel dug up, I don’t think he has to worry about it. Exit question: Christie/Booker fusion ticket in 2020?


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Loose weight funny guy!

KOOLAID2 on May 16, 2012 at 4:44 PM

…and no I don’t want him for a VP!

KOOLAID2 on May 16, 2012 at 4:45 PM

…one guy is enough…to see if he will be more conservative!

KOOLAID2 on May 16, 2012 at 4:46 PM

I like Booker. Probably my favorite non-relation Democrat.

amerpundit on May 16, 2012 at 4:46 PM

…except for his Union battles…fatso is a bluedog!

KOOLAID2 on May 16, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Loose weight funny guy!

KOOLAID2 on May 16, 2012 at 4:44 PM

You meant….

..”lose,” right?

Irony!

blatantblue on May 16, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Loose weight funny guy!

KOOLAID2 on May 16, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Why? Are you his life insurance agent?

RBMN on May 16, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Note how Chris Christie is reading his own book in the beginning and Cory Booker “Tebowing” after catching the baby.

Very funny stuff.

BigGator5 on May 16, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Loose weight funny guy!

KOOLAID2 on May 16, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Learn how to spell.

GOPRanknFile on May 16, 2012 at 4:51 PM

I wanted to laugh…

tlynch001 on May 16, 2012 at 4:51 PM

heheh! “Governor….. I got this!”

that’s money!

ted c on May 16, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Christie and Booker. Reminds me of that classic bit from the short lived Police Squad series. Frank Drebbins has apprehended the crook, a female, at which time his partner approaches with two uniformed officers.

Drebbins’ Partner: Sargent take her away and book her!

Drebbins: (Shaking the hand of the first officer) Sargent Takeraway. (Shaking the hand of the second officer) Sargent Booker.

radjah shelduck on May 16, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Wasn’t as funny as I thought it would be. Both good sports for doing it, though.

And that guitar looks like something Shaun Cassidy would play. They couldn’t find something that remotely looks like a Fender Esquire?

RayinVA on May 16, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Screw Christie for VP!

We need him in California! Will New Jersey be willing to take Moonbeam and $1,000,000 in cold, hard cash? Hell, we’ll even through in a “bullet train”!

GarandFan on May 16, 2012 at 4:57 PM

“… –and one of the highest per pupil spending rates in the nation at $22k–student performance and graduation rates still lag.”

O_O

Seven Percent Solution on May 16, 2012 at 4:58 PM

this reminds me of the Larry Bird, Michael Jordan commercial back in the day. The schtick between two foes kinda showing off and comedically duking it out on the court.

I like it.

ted c on May 16, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Loose weight funny guy!

KOOLAID2 on May 16, 2012 at 4:44 PM
You meant….

..”lose,” right?

Irony!

blatantblue on May 16, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Learn how to spell.

GOPRanknFile on May 16, 2012 at 4:51 PM

…no no! …his weight is… L O O S E…he just talks and parts from his whole body…. are bouncing around!

KOOLAID2 on May 16, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Comedy gold! Just goes to show that there can be cooperation across the aisle, and it can be fun. But I don’t want either of these guys for VP (Love that Booker says he’s not a #2 kind of guy – priceless).

College Prof on May 16, 2012 at 5:01 PM

New Jersey missed this year’s tax revenues by $230 million and Crispie and Bookie are acting out some kind of fantasy.

Hey Cristie, it’s the property taxes, stupid!

timberline on May 16, 2012 at 5:04 PM

…no no! …his weight is… L O O S E…he just talks and parts from his whole body…. are bouncing around!

KOOLAID2 on May 16, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Then work on your punctuation.

GOPRanknFile on May 16, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Uh. What’s the point?

MeatHeadinCA on May 16, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Cory Booker seems to be a stand up kind of guy too. Have to respect someone that lives what they preach. While he may be a Dem, he is by no means a Limousine liberal that acts like they are poor and then goes back to a mansion.

I can vote for someone like that, over a fair number of Republicans.

firepilot on May 16, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Those two have a lot of free time on their hands. Who is this for?

Fallon on May 16, 2012 at 5:15 PM

GOPRanknFile on May 16, 2012 at 5:05 PM

…no!…(:>)

KOOLAID2 on May 16, 2012 at 5:16 PM

This was the highlight of New Jersey’s version of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner held yesterday in Trenton

Hit me in the head with a mouse. Nevermind.

Fallon on May 16, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Bi-bipartisan, self-deprecating, mirth-making like this is a good thing for the country and should be encouraged. A small fleeting good, but worth noting.

And funnier than any SNL political sketch since forever.

Sacramento on May 16, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Then work on your punctuation.

GOPRanknFile on May 16, 2012 at 5:05 PM

You don’t like chit-chat either.

RickB on May 16, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Politicians are rarely funny.

This video is no exception.

Kensington on May 16, 2012 at 5:47 PM

We need him in California! Will New Jersey be willing to take Moonbeam and $1,000,000 in cold, hard cash? Hell, we’ll even through in a “bullet train”!

GarandFan on May 16, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Not in this lifetime.

Hey Cristie, it’s the property taxes, stupid!

timberline on May 16, 2012 at 5:04 PM

You do realize Christie doesn’t control property taxes in Jersey, right?

jersey taxpayer on May 16, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Christie/Booker 2016… I could vote for that ticket.

Kaptain Amerika on May 16, 2012 at 6:09 PM

I hope Christie stays Governor for a long time, and frankly, that Booker stays in office as well. Need more Dems like him, and less of the ones we already have. Funny vid, and classy as well.

MadisonConservative on May 16, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Ya don’t tug on Cory Booker’s cape, ya don’t spit into the wind…

TedInATL on May 16, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Its better when you know that Booker actually did run into a burning house to save someone, and did go out and shovel someones driveway.

He is also not afraid to challenge public unions either when it needs to be done.

firepilot on May 16, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Learn how to spell.

GOPRanknFile on May 16, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Then work on your punctuation.

GOPRanknFile on May 16, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Work on a sense of humor, Mr.Scrooge.

MelonCollie on May 16, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Chris Christie is the best Republican that New Jersey can hope for.
Cory Booker is the best Democrat that the country can hope for.

Who would have thought a few years ago that our state has such a talent pool? I mean, outside “Jersey Shore” cast…

Archivarix on May 16, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Wish there were more Democrats like this one.

Esthier on May 16, 2012 at 11:06 PM

He was the U.S. attorney in New Jersey, who had the audacity to say that it was “not a crime” to exist in the United States as an immigrant. – David Weigel

Dear David:

You had a poor command of the facts when you were with the Post and nothing has changed. It is not a crime to exist in the United States as an immigrant because if you immigrate you are legally within the country.

*Turns head to talk off-page*

“Where does Slate get these people? Rejects from Celebrity Jeopardy?”

*Returns to keyboard*

Sincerely,
EB

EdmundBurke247 on May 17, 2012 at 6:54 PM