Christie, Winfrey talk weight, love, politics

Time to steal the doughnuts! Apparently, that’s also the way to steal New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s heart.

In an interview with talk-show queen Oprah Winfrey, set to air this weekend, the hefty GOP governor said he knew that he had found a partner for life in wife Mary Pat when she suggested making an illicit late-night doughnut run.

The governor and Winfrey also dished about their struggle with weight and presidential politics. A full transcript of the interview was obtained in advance by The Associated Press. The hourlong interview, filmed at Christie’s home in Mendham, is airing Sunday at 9 p.m. EST on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Asked by Winfrey what drew him to Mary Pat, whom he met at the University of Delaware in the 1980s when they were both involved in student government, he said it was her independence, her faith, and because she was fun.

“She was fun in a different way than I’d ever experienced with anybody I’d ever dated. She was very spontaneous,” Christie told Winfrey.

“Spontaneous like?” Winfrey asked.

“Let’s go break into the kitchen in the dining hall at college because we smell that they are baking doughnuts for the next morning,” he recalled Mary Pat saying. “So let’s sneak in and steal some of the doughnuts now.”

Christie and Winfrey spoke at length about controlling their weight and managing the criticism surrounding it; specifically, what it feels like to be on the short end of a Dave Letterman fat joke.

“It didn’t bother you?” Winfrey asked. “Because let me tell you, when David Letterman was making jokes about me, it bothered me.”

“I think I was girded for it, Oprah, I really do,” Christie responded, saying he had developed “a shell about it.”

The conversation also hit more serious overtones as Winfrey asked him, Mary Pat and their four children _ Andrew, 18, Sarah, 15, Patrick, 11, and Bridget, 8 _ about the pressure of being asked to run for president.

Sarah lamented to Winfrey about being banned from having a Facebook page.

“By the way, who backed us up on you not having a Facebook account?” Christie pointed out.

“Mark Zuckerberg,” co-creator of the social networking site, Sarah answered, reluctantly.

Christie, Zuckerberg and Newark Mayor Cory Booker, a Democrat, appeared on Winfrey’s talk show in September 2010 to announce that Facebook was pledging a $100 million donation to the Newark public schools.

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