"I want Chris Christie in this race, because I just want to be able to meaningfully say, 'Hey! Bring it, fat boy!' "
"They're having trouble luring Governor Christie into the presidential race. And I thought, have you tried pie?"
Last night's show kept coming back to Chris Christie jokes. We counted, and there were 19, all about his weight!
Letterman's Top 10 list, "Ways the Country Would Be Different Now if Chris Christie was the President," was merciless, and included:
5. Presidential retreat moved from Camp David to Hershey Park.
4. Taxpayers would have to pay for the president's second seat on Air Force One.
3. New national anthem: The Chili's baby back ribs' song
2. Instead of Iraq, we'd invade IHOP
1. Scandal when president is caught in Oval Office with Betty Crocker and Sara Lee
The topic has become a comic goldmine for Letterman, but not everyone is laughing. The LA Times called the Top 10 "mean-spirited -- and a touch juvenile."
Letterman has been here before. Kirstie Alley actually appeared on The Late Show after her weight became fodder for Dave.
"Now these are jokes I told about you?" Letterman asked her.
Alley read, "Kirstie Alley is joining Dancing with the Stars. If you don't already own one, now might be a good time to get a widescreen TV."
Christie has not always been overweight; in high school he looked pretty trim.
He is taking all the talk of his size in stride.
"The thing I feel most guilty about is my weight," Christie said on Piers Morgan Tonight.
"Where do you fall down, in terms of dealing with it?" Morgan asked.
"I eat too much. I mean it's not a complicated thing," Christie responded.
Meanwhile, the will-he-or-won't-he game continues. At the Reagan Library in California Tuesday night, audience members literally begged him to run.
"As a citizen of this country, please sir, reconsider, don't even say anything tonight, of course you wouldn't, go home and really think about it," said one audience member during the Q&A.
"Behind the scenes, sources in the Republican Party are saying that it is not over, that he has not decided, and that they are certainly putting pressure on him to get into the race," says Beth Frerking of politico.com.
If he defies expectations and does jump into the race, he'll certainly be pleasing the crowd in California, and maybe the late night comics.