Chris Christie To Guest Host On ‘Today’

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will be taking on a new job soon: Morning show host.

The popular pol will co-host the second hour (that the 8am slot, mind you) of TODAY on May 24 when the struggling morning show comes to his home state. NBCsaid in a statement that the TODAY show is going on the road for its “Great American Adventure” tour during sweeps season.

The cast and crew of the program will go coast to coast and everywhere in between, hitting five major U.S. destinations in one week. They’ll start in Hawaii and end up in the Jersey Shore, still recovering from Hurricane Sandy.

Christie’s gig on the TODAY show isn’t the first time that NBC has solicited the help of a political figure for hosting. Republican Sarah Palin hosted the program back in April of 2012.

Though this is a fun piece of news for the New Jersey governor, he’s actually in headlines this week for a completely different reason. The New York Post revealed that Christie underwent an outpatient lap-band procedure in February, which is meant to help the 50-year-old lose weight.

Though Christie stresses that he made the choice to undergo surgery for his family and for his health, many political analysts also take it as evidence that he is indeed planning a presidential run in 2016, part of which would involve changing his image.

“I’ve struggled with this issue for 20 years,” he said. “For me, this is about turning 50 and looking at my children and wanting to be there for them.”

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