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Chris Christie on SNL to Reporters: ‘We don’t need you to tell us there’s a hurricane. We have windows!’

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — the real one, not a parody of him — was on SNL’s “Weekend Update” tonight. In a scripted bit with Seth Meyers he thanked many people, including his wife Mary Pat who’s been “putting up with a husband who has smelled like a wet fleece for the past three weeks.” And he also took time to not thank several others, including:

“I also do not want to thank the reporters that put themselves in danger by walking into the middle of a hurricane with their cameras. We don’t need you to tell us there’s a hurricane. We have windows!”

> More: Also on the show, fake Wolf Blitzer in the fake “Situation Room” on the David Petraeus affair. “Joining us from Tampa is our never-used Tampa correspondent Victor Randall.” Watch:

Chris Christie Chats with Jersey Guy Brian Williams

In a news conference this evening, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie waxed nostalgic about how much the Jersey Shore — the place, not the MTV show — means to him. Christie flew over the the shore this afternoon to survey the destruction left by Hurricane Sandy. “I was talking to Brian Williams about this tonight,” said Christie. “Brian is a Jersey guy and he grew up on the Jersey Shore and we’ve talked many times about our experience and whether you’re talking to people in Seattle, Washington or Kansas City or Texas, there seems to be all these people you run into have some memory of the Jersey Shore. They have some experience at some time in their lives and they talk about the same type of iconic images. So it will be disorienting for a lot of folks and disappointing to see a lot of those go away.”

In Sandy’s Wake, NBC Expands ‘Today,’ Plans Primetime Special

The “Today” show’s four hours are dedicated to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy as the superstorm continues to move inland. Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie are reporting from studio 1A while Al Roker, Natalie Morales and more than a dozen NBC, CNBC, and Weather Channel correspondents contribute. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was a guest on “Today” and the other network morning shows. During a news conference yesterday, Christie criticized the mayor of Atlantic City for telling his residents to hunker down, rather than evacuate. “Today” also talked with the mayor who called Christie’s comments “reprehensible.”

NBC News will produce a primetime special anchored by Brian Williams at 10pmET/PT with the latest on the power situation and what’s left of the superstorm.

A Diverse Crowd For ‘Morning Joe’ In Tampa

MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” originates this week from Howl at the Moon, a bar just outside the convention center in Tampa that has been dubbed “Morning Joe Elephant Bar” for the duration of the Republican National Convention.

This morning, people arrived as early as 4:45 a.m. — just a few hours after last call at the bar, which is remaining open at night this week — to watch the show.

During commercial breaks, hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski interacted with the crowd, asking for a show of hands on political affiliation (split down the middle, with a handful of independents) and home state (overwhelmingly Florida, although there are a few stragglers from as far as Maine and Arizona). After he finished his segments, former RNC chairman Michael Steele mingled with the crowd, shaking hands and taking pictures.

“I love the energy. We live for these shows,” Willie Geist tells TVNewser. “Four years ago during the primaries we started doing them in Iowa and New Hampshire, and we totally got the bug.”

In addition to Chuck Todd and David Gregory, Scarborough and Brzezinski’s guests today included Grover Norquist, Eugene Robinson and Mike Murphy.

“So many of these politicians and strategists we talk to on remote sometimes,” Geist said. “It’s nice to have them on, in place, sort of passing through like they’re walking into a coffee shop, and you can sit down and talk with them.”

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Can’t an Anchorman Get a Break?

Brian Williams was supposed to be on vacation this week, but Monday’s news out of Libya and Tuesday’s earthquake in Virginia rocked him right back to…30 Rock. On Tuesday’s “Nightly News” he said:

I was on my second attempt at a summer vacation at my native Jersey Shore and the kitchen moved and since we didn’t see any cast members from the “Jersey Shore” we surmised it was a quake.

So, Williams went back on vacation yesterday only to see — on the New York local news today — that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is asking anyone along the Jersey Shore to voluntarily evacuate ahead of Hurricane Irene.

TVNewser has learned Williams — a weather nerd anyway — will be back on the air tonight for Irene coverage. That’s Williams (above) covering Hurricane Isabel as it stormed ashore on the North Carolina coast in Oct. 2003.

Gawker Filing Suit to Obtain Ailes-Christie Communications

Gossip blog Gawker and the American Civil Liberties Union plan to file a civil suit against the Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, to try and obtain communications between the Governor and Fox News CEO Roger Ailes.

The suit was spurred on by Gawker’s John Cook, who has made Fox News–and Ailes in particular–a regular target for items, with subjects ranging from 911 records to 70′s-era Nixon documents.

Cook attempted to obtain communications earlier this year, but the Governors office declined, saying that they would be exempt under executive privilege.

To Mr. Cook, this was an implication that Mr. Ailes is a confidential adviser to Mr. Christie. After he said so in an article, the New Jersey chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union approached him and offered to take the case.

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Piers Morgan and Chris Christie, Jersey Style

A couple of the Patchs (Livingston, NJ and West Orange, NJ) caught up with CNN’s Piers Morgan and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at the Ritz Diner yesterday, site of a few “Sopranos” shoots back in the day. Morgan also interviewed the most-talked about governor in the nation at his alma mater Livingston High School. The interview is set to air next Wednesday on “Piers Morgan Tonight.”

(Photo: David Feldman)

Sarah Palin Parties with the Main (or is it Lame?) stream Media

Seeming to put politics aside for a few hours — not one but two GOP governors stopped in to the MSNBC After Party last night at the Italian Embassy in Washington DC: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — often the target of MSNBC’s opinionated hosts — and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (right, meeting NBC News correspondent Luke Russert for the first time). Palin, as we reported yesterday, was the guest of Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren.

As MSNBC host/mixologist Rachel Maddow made a drink for “Glee’s” Jane Lynch, MSNBC boss Phil Griffin, worked the room. It’s his after party afterall. And not missing an opportunity to synergize, Cee lo Green, of NBC’s “The Voice” was the entertainment.

In addition to Van Susteren, we spotted Bret Baier from Fox News chatting with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie. NBC News president Steve Capus and “Today” show EP Jim Bell — who’d both just returned from London covering the Royal Wedding and sharing ratings info on his Blackberry. Looks like “Today” was #1 again on Royal Wedding day. (Final numbers later on TVNewser).

Eliot Spitzer in tow with CNN’s chief communicator Christa Robinson; Roland Martin, David Bohrman, and Sam Feist also of CNN and ABC’s Jim Sciutto.

We chatted up CNBC’s Rick Santelli, in from Chicago, Carl Quintanilla and Hampton Pearson. NBC’s Janet Shamlian, and Kelly O’Donnell and MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan and Contessa Brewer, now almost four months along. Ed Schultz was proud to tell us he’s overtaken Anderson Cooper in the ratings at 10pm, in just his third month on the air. “Big news,” says big Ed.

Meanwhile, over at the Bloomberg/Vanity Fair party, tipsters tell us Jake Tapper, Dave Price, John Dickerson, Chris Isham, Gayle King, and Seth Meyers [who'd poked fun at the thought that the Bloomberg party was a hot ticket], were still in full party mode at 2:15am. “The patio is still packed,” we were emailed. “They started serving breakfast snacks.”

Tucker Carlson: ‘I personally think most nightly news programs are terrible.’

Who does Tucker Carlson think will be the GOP nominee in 2012?  Here’s a hint: he isn’t on Fox News’s payroll.

In part III of our MediaBeat interview Carlson gives his take on the GOP field as well as on where Americans get their news during election season. “I personally think most nightly news programs are terrible. There’s so little news in it.”

  • Part I – Monday: “I never cheer when anybody gets fired, having been fired, publicly, at least once.”
  • Part II – Tuesday: Live TV is like crack

You can also watch this video and all Media Beat interviews on our YouTube channel.

(Video) Fox Newsers Stick up for Chris Christie; One says Chris Matthews’ Comments are Racist

Chris Matthews does not hold back in his criticisms of most politicians — especially Republicans — but his recent screed about girth of Governor of New Jersey is not sitting well with his cable brethren across the street.

Matthews continued the Chris Christie fat jokes last week, both on his show and during a “The Q&A Cafe with Carol Joynt,” which was covered by FishbowlDC’s Betsy Rothstein.

Fox News’ Neil Cavuto stood up for Christie on his show Monday, saying Matthews’ comments are racist:

Judging our leaders not by the qualities that matter, but the nonsense like this that does not — where greatness is defined not by who you are but how you look. You know what that is? That is racism – with a scale.”

This afternoon, Megyn Kelly talked about it with Fox News analyst and former overweight Governor Mike Huckabee who added:

I’d rather be in Governor Christie’s shoes — an effective governor doing a good job, proving that solid, conservative governing principles really do work even in a state like New Jersey than I can a person whose talk show probably gets about as many viewers as Governor Christie will shake hands with on any given day in New Jersey.

For his part, for now, Matthews isn’t talking. Through an MSNBC spokesperson TVNewser got a “no comment.”

In September, Matthews’ colleague Ed Schultz was reprimanded by his bosses for calling Christie a “cold-hearted fat slob.”

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