MSNBC's "Morning Joe" And Chris Christie: A Love Story

The governor of New Jersey has been mentioned in over 500 episodes of MSNBC's nationally broadcast morning show since 2009.

September 3, 2009: Morning Joe mentions Chris Christie after a Quinnipiac poll reveals that Christie is crushing then Gov. John Corzine by 10 points in the race for the New Jersey governorship.

October 6, 2009: Joe responds to viewer concerns about the fact that Christie has yet to appear on the show.

October 14th, 2009: With just twenty days until the election, Chris Christie drops in on Morning Joe for the very first time.

As this historic moment in cable news history concludes, Scarborough, who had been nervous about co-host Mika Brzezinski saying something "rude" about Christie's weight, asks the candidate how she did:


CHRISTIE: "Yes, great! Not OK, great!

April 14, 2010:"Yesterday, we had Chris Christie on. He's making a lot of enemies. Guess what he's doing? What Republicans used to do." — Joe Scarborough

April 15, 2010: "Chris Christie sat in that chair a couple days ago showing a lot of courage with a state that's melting down." — Joe Scarborough

April 22, 2010: "I love him." — Mika Brzezinski

SCARBOROUGH: "Let me tell you something, I'm going to be honest, we had Chris Christie on our show, we sort of made fun of him."

MIKA: "I love him."

SCARBOROUGH: "Turn the music down. This is important. I'm dead serious here. I just could not believe that this guy would win. This is how Republicans are supposed to talk and they haven't talked this way in a decade."

MIKA: And he doesn't prepare it. He just talks.

June 17, 2010:

June 29, 2010: Christie's takes a victory lap on Joe after passing his first budget in New Jersey.

July 26, 2010: "He hates Snooki."

August 24, 2010: "Chris Christie should be listened to." — Mika Brzezinski

September 24, 2010: "How many times can we tell Chris Christie we love him?" — Joe Scarborough

September 3, 2010: While discussing standouts of the midterm elections, the Joe panel anoints Christie as the future of the Republican Party:

January 25, 2011: Christie turns down an invitation to deliver the Republican rebuttal to the State of the Union:

February 17, 2011: "Is he (Christie) really that great or is everybody else so bad?" — Mika Brzezinski

April 7, 2011:

April 21, 2011: Christie makes Time's "100 Most Influential" issue.

June 17, 2011: The Morning Joe crew enjoys Willie Geist's retelling of the most famous episode of Christie ★ On The Line ever.

September 23, 2011: "I've heard it five or six times from people in different spheres, Chris Christie is passing up a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to jump into this field because the Republicans want him, the field is weak, and the President's weak." — Joe Scarborough

October 26, 2011: "Chris Christie is the most popular Republican governor in America right now." — Joe Scarborough

December 12, 2011: "If Chris Christie ran (for the '12 Republican nomination), he'd be 40 points ahead." — Joe Scarborough

December 20, 2011: "Chris Christie could certainly be President." — Joe Scarborough

February 24, 2012: "We have to get Chris Christie back here...Wasn't that an amazing talk yesterday?" — Joe Scarborough

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Scarborough discussing Jonathan Capehart's attempted grilling of the governor on the topic of marriage equality:

April 12, 2012: "My main man, Chris Christie. His numbers are insane! This guy is pushing 60% in New Jersey. One of the bluest states in America. In New Jersey! Come on! That's just amazing." — Joe Scarborough

May 8, 2012: "He's one of the most popular governors in America." — Joe Scarborough

June 12, 2012: "If Chris Christie would have decided to go (run for president), Chris would have won -- he would have been out front." — Joe Scarborough

November 7, 2012: On election night, Morning Joe defends Christie for working with Obama during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

November 27, 2012:

November 29, 2012: "You want to get re-elected? You want to be a hero in your party? Look at Chris Christie. Start to move over to the other side of the aisle." — Donny Deutsch

December 13, 2012: "Springsteen, Bon Jovi, and Chris Christie." — Joe Scarborough

December 14, 2012:

January 9, 2013: "You can read into those (poll) numbers and see there's a diverse amount of support for him." — Mika Brzezinski

January 8, 2013: "Chris Christie, a huge leader in the party, came out against the NRA." — Mark Halperin

January 22, 2013: "It will be very open for the Republican party in 2016 for somebody like a Chris Christie to step into the frey and seize the reins." — Joe Scarborough

January 23, 2013:

January 25, 2013: "Chris Christie has a new Facebook friend." — Joe Scarborough

February 13, 2013: "He's a smart man, Chris Christie, and he's in the 70s." — Joe Scarborough

February 20, 2013:

February 28, 2013:

March 20, 2013: "Chris Christie just texted us." — Joe Scarborough

March 27, 2013: "Governor Chris Christie assuring Queen Elizabeth that she has nothing to worry about when Prince Harry visits the Jersey Shore." — Mike Barnicle

May 6, 2013: "We have to stop judging people who are struggling with their weight." — Mika Brzezinski

May 7, 2013: "He's a tough, hard charging guy." — Joe Scarborough

MIKA: "He tried everything.

May 7, 2013: