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Christie to make first late-night TV appearance since ‘Bridgegate’ Thursday

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) will appear on NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on Thursday, marking the first time the Republican is slated to appear on a late-night talk show since the "Bridgegate" scandal that rocked his administration late last year.

NBC said Monday that Christie will appear on the Thursday program, which will also feature comedian Chris Rock and musical guest Kacey Musgraves.

Christie has made some memorable appearances on late-night TV, perhaps most notably in February 2013 when he poked fun at his weight by taking out a donut and eating it during an interview with CBS's David Letterman.

Christie's appearance on Fallon's show will be his first on a late-night program since the scandal in which former aides and appointees snarled traffic on the George Washington bridge in an apparent act of political retribution. The matter has come to be known as "Bridgegate." Christie has denied involvement. State lawmakers and federal prosecutors are looking into the matter.

It won't be Christie's first appearance with Fallon. The two "slow jammed" the news together in 2013.

In January, Fallon and Bruce Springsteen — of whom Christie is a huge fan — skewered Christie over the traffic scandal in a parody of "Born to Run."

No word yet on whether Christie will be doing any musical numbers of his own.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.



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