New Jersey governor Chris Christie joined the chorus of conservatives who criticize "Morning Joe" and co-host Joe Scarborough for leaning too far to the left.
On Monday, Christie — who is one of Mitt Romney's most prominent supporters — texted host Scarborough in the middle of the show, asking, "Who's next this morning on 'Morning Joe' to talk about the GOP race -- George Soros?" The New Yorker's David Remnick had just finished discussing the GOP frontrunners.
Scarborough, a Republican and a former Congressman from Florida, has long been the target of conservatives who say that the show hosts far more left-leaning guests than right-leaning ones. In November, he defended his show against those allegations, and also hit out at right-wing bloggers who labeled him a "RINO" (Republican in name only).
Both Scarborough and co-host Mika Brzezinski took Christie's remark in stride on Monday. Scarborough noted that their next guest was actually "a small-government conservative," while Brzezinski added, "And by the way, Governor Christie is more than welcome to come join the conversation any time he would like."
Scarborough extended the friendly invitation, saying, "Chris, any time you wanna come buddy."
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