Uploaded on Jun 15, 2011
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie sits down with CNN's Piers Morgan for an interview. June 14, 2011.
Piers Morgan: So Governor we're now in your kitchen.
Governor Christie: Yes.
Piers Morgan: And we've now reached the boss in the relationship, your wife, Mary Pat. I spent a lot of time with your husband today. A fascinating character in many ways, had a lot to say about you, you wear the trousers in this relationship. Is that an accurate description?
Mary Pat Christie: No I think we're more of a team than one person wearing the trousers.
Piers Morgan: They say behind every successful man there's a good woman prodding him on. Would you go along with that?
Mary Pat Christie: I definitely think I'm a good woman, but we really do work as a team. We really have helped each other both in our careers and in our personal lives.
Piers Morgan: Did you ever imagine that you'd end up being a Governor's wife?
Mary Pat Christie: Not really no.
Piers Morgan: Is it better or worse than you hoped?
Mary Pat Christie: Well I think it's been great. It's been a tremendous honor just such a privilege to represent the state. I really didn't imagine it would be so exciting and eventful.
Piers Morgan: There's lots of talk of your husband possibly running for the Presidency. When I asked him about it I sort of got the sense he didn't feel he was ready and collectively he has a family. You kind of agreed with that. Is that right?
Mary Pat Christie: Yes I'd agree with that. We have as you know a large family, four children, at really pretty crucial ages in their development and a lot of moving parts in this family so I think as a team we all decided it wasn't the right time.
Piers Morgan: What if your country needs him?
Mary Pat Christie: Well I'm sure his country could use him but his family needs him more.
Piers Morgan: Could you imagine him not one day running for President? Isn't it just, we went to school, his school this morning and there he was, president of every single thing in the school. The whole school must have called him president for years on end. He goes to baseball. He wins that. Everything he does he wants to be number one. He's already been called president for ten years.
Mary Pat Christie: Yeah look I think there are so many things Chris can do for the rest of his life after he's Governor, hopefully for a total of eight years, and I think he could be President, I think he'd be a great President, but I think he'd also be a great CEO, he'd be a great person to stay home and teach college classes. I think he could do anything he wanted.
Piers Morgan: What is it about him do you think if it came to a presidential race, why should Americans vote for him?
Mary Pat Christie: Because Chris has an unbelievable ability to succinctly analyze a problem, come up with solutions, listen to people and then communicate the solutions. That's really what I think, there's no better communicator I know.
Piers Morgan: When I asked him if he was a good Catholic boy, about any sins he wanted to absolve himself of, I'm a Catholic as well, in confession.
Mary Pat Christie: Lovely, we need a priest.
Governor Christie: I told him.
Piers Morgan: Yes he said that and actually he'd only admit these to you. Anything you want to share with us?
Mary Pat Christie: No. Not at all. Nice try Piers.
Piers Morgan: What's the single biggest misconception about your husband do you think?
Mary Pat Christie: Probably that he's mean. I mean, he's just the nicest guy and funny.
Piers Morgan: He's the most ferocious prosecutor you've ever met. Right?
Mary Pat Christie: There you go. As a prosecutor his focus was to never prosecute the wrong person. People will never know how hard Chris worked and not prosecuting someone that he wasn't absolutely confident they were guilty.
Piers Morgan: He's a pussycat really.
Mary Pat Christie: Yeah, well --
Piers Morgan: We wouldn't go that far.
Mary Pat Christie: You're putting words into my mouth Piers.
Piers Morgan: So we're now going to be joined by two of your children, I'm delighted to say, Sarah and Andrew, welcome. Andrew you're the one now very famous because you were the one playing baseball when Daddy had his helicopter. Were you embarrassed, were you proud of him, how did you feel?
Andrew Christie: No I mean I was just happy that he was coming to the game. He told me when we won our last game on Friday he told me that it looks like the only way I'm going to be able to get there was by helicopter. I kind of laughed and said that's fine if you're going to be able to make it. My whole team kind of knew in advance and they were staring at the helicopter as it landed. It was good. We ended up winning.
Piers Morgan: I'm very pleased congratulations. He has said he may do this again. Now are you happy if that helicopter comes into sight again in the middle of the game?
Andrew Christie: Maybe it was good intimidation...
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