Lampooning video of New Jersey's Christie, Booker goes viral

Wed May 16, 2012 5:29pm EDT
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By Jonathan Allen

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A video made by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to spoof himself and Newark Mayor Cory Booker - in which Booker repeatedly bests Christie with effortless acts of heroism - went viral on Wednesday.

The Republican governor enlisted the mayor, a Democrat heralded recently for saving a neighbor from her burning home, to make the video shown at a New Jersey Press Association gathering on Tuesday.

The four-minute film also was uploaded to Christie's YouTube account (here), where it raced to more than 125,000 views by Wednesday afternoon.

The video riffs on Booker's apparent habit of going far beyond the call of duty by turning up at constituents' homes to shovel snow after a blizzard or carry out a woman trapped in a burning building.

In one scene, Christie grabs a fire extinguisher and walks up to a police desk, apparently at the statehouse in Trenton.

"You guys got any problems you want me to handle?" the governor asks the trooper. "Like a fire anywhere, people trapped? No? Like a bad automobile accident where you need me to help some folks?"

The trooper says no.

"Maybe a cat in a tree?"   Continued...

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie takes the stage for delivering remarks at the Friedman Prize dinner in Washington, May 4, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst