Paunchy former New Jersey governor Chris Christie once threatened to sit on Mike Bloomberg — during a bizarre, jealous rant involving the Queen of England.
The asinine threat is alleged in former governor David Paterson’s dishy new memoir, “Black, Blind & in Charge.”
It was July 8, 2010. Paterson was leading New York and Christie was the Garden State’s top exec as they awaited the arrival of Queen Elizabeth at Ground Zero, where the royal was to lay a wreath.
Then-New York City Mayor Bloomberg had yet to arrive, and Christie was seething about the city honcho, Paterson recounts.
“I was told by the protocol people that nobody escorts the Queen but Prince Philip,” the rotund Jersey chief executive sniped to Paterson. “But I bet you that Bloomberg is going to try to stand in front of us both and escort her.”
Paterson shrugged in response.
“Yeah Chris, Michael always takes charge like that,” Paterson says he told Christie. “I’m OK with it.”
Christie was definitely not OK with it.
“Well I’m not putting up with it this time,” Paterson remembers Christie snapping.
“If he tries it today, I want you to trip him and I’m gonna sit on him,” Christie plotted.
“Christie was pissed,” Paterson remembers in the book.
Complicating matters, it was a 98-degree July day, and the portly Christie “practically had steam coming out of his ears.”
Bloomberg showed up, and then the Queen — but it turned out Paterson would be the one to upstage Christie.
“In all this activity, I didn’t notice that her majesty was standing in front of me trying to shake my hand,” Paterson remembers.
“Now I was told by the protocol people that nobody touches the Queen, so when she touched my shoulder to get my attention, I jumped back thinking I had breached protocol,” the memoir says.
“I regained my composure and said, alluding to the excessive temperature, ‘your majesty, I know you were expecting a warm reception but this is superfluous.’”
The Queen was charmed, and as she and Paterson shared a laugh, “I could feel Christie’s temperature rising again.
“I think it’s the Napoleonic New Jersey syndrome. But we won’t go into that,” Paterson writes, in an apparent slam at his counterpart across the river’s diminutive state.
His memoir also tells the awkward tale of his getting stuck with breaking the news of Eliot Spitzer’s hooker scandal to Hilary Clinton.
Additional reporting by Laura Italiano
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