- Associated Press - Monday, April 30, 2012

PLAINSBORO, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says having a sexy television star seated beside him made it easier to absorb the fat jokes Jimmy Kimmel made at his expense during the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.

Christie told reporters Monday that “when you have (Sofia Vergara) next to you to console you, let me tell you, you don’t care what the heck Jimmy Kimmel is saying about you.”

Vergara stars on the ABC sitcom “Modern Family.”

Kimmel made three jokes about the overweight governor during a monologue Saturday night that also cracked on President Barack Obama’s thinness. He suggested Christie misunderstood his state’s nickname, saying: “It’s not the Olive Garden State.”

Christie says that when Kimmel started joking about the president’s weight, “I figured I was in the zone of danger.”

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