Regarding the state of New Jersey's turnaround, Stephanopoulos touted the talking points of the state's Democrats: "But some of your critics, some of the top Democrats in the state, say that your priorities are misplaced. One counted the number of the times you used jobs in the speech. Said it was four."
After being told by Christie that the level had come down almost a full point (from ten to 9.2) since taking office, the former Democratic operative turned journalist reminded, "Still above nine percent." The host followed-up with his remark about Rush Limbaugh.
As a back-door way of discussing 2012, Stephanopoulos joked, "Finally, Rush Limbaugh has something of a man-crush on you. He and many others are trying to get you into the presidential race."
Adopting a standard political cliche, he reminded, "Tip O'Neill said all politics is local. You came in for some criticism after the post-Christmas blizzard, including from former mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani." Christie was then forced to watch a clip of Giuliani critiquing him.
Finally, the anchor continued the journalistic attack on Sarah Palin and her use of the word blood libel. "You think she knew what she was getting into with that," Stephanopoulos wondered,
A transcript of the January 13 segment, which aired at 7:43am EST, follows: