MSNBC host Chris Matthews got a rise out of the crowd Thursday at Thinkfest, an event sponsored by Philadelphia Magazine, by suggesting New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) wife gets “crushed” under the weight of her husband.
“Two days after election day, Chris Christie has crushed his opponent. Is he going to be the Republican nominee–” Philadelphia Magazine’s Tom McGrath said while speaking with Matthews on stage.
“The one I feel for is his wife,” Matthews interjected to laughter from the crowd.
“Why’s that?” McGrath asked.
“Did you just say ‘crush?’ I mean, use your imagination,” Matthews said.
Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney ultimately dropped Christie from his list of potential vice presidential nominees because Christie failed to provide documentation on his medical history, according to Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s new book “Double Down.” Romney also made fun of Christie’s weight, according to the book.
Christie was also the subject of a TIME cover this week that placed an image of the governor in profile under the headline “The Elephant In The Room.”
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