Chris Christie’s press conference was amazingly long. But where does it rank in history?

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) spoke for nearly two hours Thursday about a bridge scandal involving his aides. By our count, his news conference lasted a whopping hour and 48 minutes to be exact.

That's a lot of talking.

And it got us to thinking about how it stacks up against some of the longest news conferences and Q/A sessions in political history. Below, we give you an unofficial rundown of the longest ones that came to mind. What did we miss? The comments section awaits!

Vladimir Putin, 2013: Spoke for about four hours

Christie's marathon session was nothing compared to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who spoke for about four (!) hours at his annual news conference last year. Putin "was asked about everything from missile systems to regional bypass roads, and was presented with a furry toy yeti by one journalist," according to the Guardian newspaper.

President Obama, 2010: Spoke for one hour and 17 minutes

The president spoke for 58 minutes before leaving for the holidays in December.  But it wasn't his longest outing. CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller -- the unofficial authority on such things -- said Obama spoke for an hour and 17 minutes in 2010.

Bill Clinton, 1997: Spoke for 93 minutes

No one has ever accused the former president of having nothing to say. He's given long speeches, talks and press conferences that he'd probably have been happy to continue for even longer. One example: A 1997 presidential news conference that lasted 93 minutes, according to the Christian Science Monitor.


Clinton in 2013. (Silvia Izquierdo/AP)

Enid Greene Waldholtz, 1995: Spoke for four and a half hours. 

The Utah Republican congresswoman "said that blind love made her the innocent dupe of a husband who defrauded her family and possibly financed her 1994 campaign with tainted money," according to the Los Angeles Times.

John McCain, 1989: spoke for about two hours

Responding to a story about the Keating Five scandal, the Arizona senator took questions for about 90 minutes, according to the Arizona Republic. McCain remembers it as lasting "nearly two hours" in his memoir.


(Ammar Awad/Reuters)

Geraldine Ferraro, 1984: Spoke for about two hours

The nation's first female vice presidential nominee took questions from reporters for nearly two hours in the summer of 1984 as she sought to quiet a brewing storm over her financial disclosures.  ''I expect we will answer all of your questions today and get this out of the way today," she said, according to the New York Times.


(Ron Frehm / AP)

Updated at 4:12 p.m.

Sean Sullivan covers national politics for “The Fix.”
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