Jake Tapper reporting live from Chris Christie’s side
CNN anchor Jake Tapper will be embedded with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for Election Day today.
“I don’t think I have had access like this since 2000, with [then-Presidential candidate John McCain’s] Straight Talk Express,” Tapper told Capital.
“We are going to be spending time with the Governor on his bus, we are going to go with him as he votes, we are going to spend some time with at a diner stop,” Tapper added. “Later on, we will spend some time with him—and we will figure out later—at the convention center and at his campaign headquarters when the returns are coming in.”
The plan is to air some “bites” from the day in the early afternoon on CNN, with a full interview and more excerpts airing on Tapper’s 4 PM show “The Lead.” Other excerpts will air on CNN’s primetime programming at those program’s request. Tapper will also host a special election night program from 11-11:30 PM. Tapper will anchor his 4 PM and 11 PM program from Christie campaign headquarters.
“Obviously his ambitions are considerable, and he is framing this election as whether he has something to show the national Republican party on how to win in blue states, and how to win over independents, and how to win over some Democrats,” Tapper says. “That is his framing of what happens, but it is certainly one worth discussing.”
Tapper’s relationship with Christie goes back to 2010, when the-then ABC News White House correspondent was filling in as the moderator of ABC’s “This Week.” Christie appeared as a guest on the program, his first Sunday show appearance. Tapper also jokes that he and the Governor have bonded over their shared geography.
“I am from Philly, I am from across the river, so I always make fun of him for being from New Jersey, as Philadelphians do,” Tapper says. “But he does not let me get away with it, that is the only thing I can tell you.”