Guess What Chris Christie Gave Up for Lent

This is what they call "red meat" for the party faithful.

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Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”

-Matthew 4:1-4

Fasting is a tenet in faith, specifically for Roman Catholics during this time of year called Lent. It’s a time for reflection and meditation during which church members give up something important like, say, food.

Chris Christie was slowly moving along the campaign when he ended up at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) for a sit-down with radio host/firebrand Laura Ingraham. It was then that he put his alms before men (which is a no-no) and told everyone in attendance what essential pleasure he is courageously avoiding during Lent.

SPOILER: it’s The New York Times. 

The Times is not a card-carrying member of the New Jersey Governor’s fan club, but is the Old Grey Lady really a temptress that requires fasting?

“I don’t subscribe to the New York Times,” Christie said. “I don’t care what they write about me.”

“I gave up the New York Times for Lent,” Christie joked, “but my parish priest told me that doesn’t count, because for Lent, you have to give up something you’ll actually miss.”

Oh, we get it. That was a joke.

The CPAC crowd is notoriously bad at abstaining from food, alcohol, and other such earthly delights, so… ah, never mind.

There’s never a bolt of lightning around when you need one.