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 ToddOvernight Health Care: US to donate 500 million Pfizer doses to other countries: reports | GOP's attacks on Fauci at center of pandemic message | Federal appeals court blocks Missouri abortion ban Fauci on Blackburn video: 'No idea what she is talking about' Fauci: Attacks on me are really also 'attacks on science' 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 ColbertWest Wing star equates GOP to 'negotiating with terrorists' Rand Paul's wife says package containing white powder was 'pure terrorism' Rand Paul responds to Colbert on vaccines: 'Try to ignore your bias' 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 WilliamsonSusan Sarandon and Marianne Williamson call for justice in Steven Donziger case Marianne Williamson: Refusal to hike minimum wage is part of 'rigged economy' Rush Limbaugh dead at 70 MORE. Say goodbye to [entrepreneur] Andrew YangAndrew YangMary J. Blige endorses New York City mayoral candidate in new ad Ocasio-Cortez endorses Maya Wiley in NYC mayoral race NYC mayoral candidate hit with second allegation of sexual misconduct MORE. Goodbye Andrew.”

“Say goodbye to [Rep.] Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellDOJ to probe Trump-era subpoenas of lawmaker records The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Sights and sounds from Biden's UK visit Democrats demand Barr, Sessions testify on Apple data subpoenas 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 HarrisMeghan McCain: Harris 'sounded like a moron' discussing immigration I visited the border and the vice president should too Texas governor announces plan to build southern border wall MORE (D-Calif.), who almost all pundits agreed emerged as a winner on Thursday night after confronting front-runner former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPutin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting How the infrastructure bill can help close the digital divide Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president 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.