Super Bowl Forces Bill de Blasio to Hang Out With Chris Christie

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Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie (L) and New York City Major Bill de Blasio attend the Super Bowl Kickoff Spectacular at Liberty State Park on January 27, 2014 in Jersey City, New Jersey. Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

"I'll be with Mayor de Blasio tonight. We'll have fun together — it's great," said New Jersey Governor Chris Christie yesterday, eager to get back to being a bipartisan icon instead of a tanking bully. "I love Gov. Cuomo, we're good friends," he added. Later that night, at a Super Bowl launch party in Jersey City, Mayor De Blasio reportedly "put his arm around the rotund governor," but not (we imagine) without cringing.

Christie: Bill!

De Blasio: Hold that thought. [yells over Christie's head] Pete, great to see you!

Christie: Get in here, big guy. A hug is most definitely in order.

De Blasio: That's a great tie. Do you like ties? I love ties.

Christie: No, seriously — I give great bipartisan hugs.

De Blasio: Wait, please, don't get too close. I've had this horrible cough — Chirlane and the kids, too. Just awful.

Christie: Hug me, Goddamn it.

De Blasio: Is that Richard Sherman over there? I think I see Richard Sherman. You'll have to excuse me.

(De Blasio's social-media accounts remain deafeningly quiet.)