Chris Christie on Chuck Todd: 'The most pretentious know-it-all on network news'

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Thursday called NBC and MSNBC host Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddGOP senator 'open' to impeachment witnesses 'within the scope' of articles Sunday shows - All eyes on Senate impeachment trial GOP senator, Chuck Todd spar over whether Lev Parnas should testify in Senate impeachment trial MORE "the most pretentious know-it-all on network news" and "a complete ass."

Christie, who serves as an ABC contributor, shared his perspective on Todd during an appearance on a rare live edition of CBS's "Late Show" with host Stephen ColbertStephen Tyrone ColbertInvesting in our people to get the most out of our city Yang: I've received about 12 apologies from media networks during campaign Scarborough to GOP: 'What job is worth selling your political soul over?' MORE.

The program aired live just after Thursday night's Democratic debate from Miami. 


"Please God, can we say goodbye to Chuck Todd?” Christie asked. 

"Wow," Colbert replied. 

“I mean, the most, the most pretentious know-it-all on network news,” Christie continued. “The guy is just a complete ass.”  

Christie also noted that post-debate spin room analysis that usually chalks up winners and losers on debate nights was almost just as important as performances during the debate itself. 

“So for instance, like tonight? Say goodbye, right, to [author] Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonPatrick backs reparations in unveiling 'Equity Agenda for Black Americans' Marianne Williamson drops out of 2020 race Bill Press: Don't forget about Amy MORE. Say goodbye to [entrepreneur] Andrew YangAndrew YangBiden leads Sanders by 7 in new national poll Sanders joins Biden atop 2020 Democratic field: poll Sanders holds 4-point lead on Biden in new California poll MORE. Goodbye Andrew.”

“Say goodbye to [Rep.] Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellMartha McSally fundraises off 'liberal hack' remark to CNN reporter Enes Kanter sees political stardom — after NBA and WWE Swalwell pens op-ed comparing Trump impeachment to XYZ Affair MORE,” he said of the California congressman. “I mean, ‘we’re going to break up with Russia and we’re going to make up with NATO?’ His mother is embarrassed by his performance tonight.”

Christie did reserve some praise for Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisCalifornia Democrat Christy Smith launches first TV ad in bid for Katie Hill's former House seat Steyer spokesperson: 'I don't think necessarily that Tom has bought anything' Biden wins endorsement of Sacramento mayor MORE (D-Calif.), who almost all pundits agreed emerged as a winner on Thursday night after confronting front-runner former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial Sanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden MORE on his past work with segregationist senators. 

“You know, first debates are about proving who belongs and who doesn’t. Especially in a field that big. It was the same way at our debates,” Christie noted before later adding, “Harris tonight proved what I’ve known all along, prosecutors know how to do that.”  

According to Twitter data provided to The Hill, the Harris-Biden exchange would emerge as the most tweeted #DemDebate moment of Thursday night.