Guy Benson
Presented (almost) entirely for its entertainment value: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie performs Clement Clark Moore's iconic poem, "Twas the Night Before Christmas" at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, accompanied by the Boston Pops.

As I said, I shared this clip almost exclusively for purposes of Christmas season frivolity.  On another level, I think it underscores how cagey a political actor Christie is.  His critics try to paint him as an angry bully; this appearance projects a smiling governor cheerfully partaking in some holiday fun at a thoroughly apolitical event.  As such, he was greeted warmly by the Newark audience.  Independent from his policy positions, it's clear Christie has a knack for picking his spots carefully and running a very savvy public relations operation. 

Guy Benson

Guy Benson is's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).

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