’Tonight’ show is Christie’s bridge back to comedy

Associated Press file photo by Mel Evans -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks Jan. 16 in Manahawkin, N.J.  For almost a year, The Associated Press has been tracking movements and machinations of more than a dozen prospective presidential candidates. Christie, asked in May during a fiscal conference in Washington if he's thinking about running for president and when he'll decide, said 'Yes, and later.' Show caption
Associated Press file photo by Mel Evans -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks Jan. 16 in Manahawkin, N.J. For almost a year, The Associated Press has been tracking movements and machinations of more than a dozen prospective presidential candidates. Christie, asked in May during a fiscal conference in Washington if he's thinking about running for president and when he'll decide, said 'Yes, and later.'

NEW YORK — If you believe Chris Christie is going to put himself at the mercy of a late-night comic, we’ve got a bridge to sell you.

But it’s true. NBC said Monday that the New Jersey governor is booked to appear on Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight” show on Thursday, alongside comic Chris Rock and musician Kacey Musgrave.

Christie is no stranger to late-night television. He appeared on Fallon’s “Late Night” three times before the star took over “Tonight” in February. But this is his first foray into late-night comedy since the story about lane closures on the George Washington Bridge became a problem for the Republican governor.