The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza opened his latest piece with details from a roast earlier this month in Newark, N.J., where Chris Christie endured an onslaught of zingers.
Most of the speakers directed their punchlines at Christie, with comedian and former co-host of “The View” Joy Behar landing some devastating one-liners about the New Jersey governor’s weight and the ongoing George Washington Bridge scandal.
Lizza described the painfully awkward moment that ensued:
Joy Behar, the former co-host of “The View,” was even more pointed. “When I first heard that he was accused of blocking off three lanes on the bridge, I said, ‘What the hell is he doing, standing in the middle of the bridge?” After another barb, Christie interrupted her. “This is a Byrne roast,” he said. He stood up and tried to grab her notes. The audience laughed awkwardly. “Stop bullying me,” Behar said as he sat down. Christie said something out of earshot and Behar responded, “Why don’t you get up here at the microphone instead of being such a coward?” Christie stood up again and moved in front of the lectern as Behar retreated. “At least I don’t get paid for this,” he said.
Christie sat down and Behar continued, though she was noticeably rattled. “I really don’t know about the Presidency,” she said. “Let me put it to you this way, in a way that you’d appreciate: You’re toast.”
Lizza was kind enough to post video of Behar’s routine. Read his piece here.