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We've noted before how Chris Christie seems to be everywhere, challenging traditional boundaries of space and time in order to soapbox on behalf of New Jersey, where he serves as governor. But just when we thought today was going to be Chris-Christie-yells-at-a-doctor day, John Brennan's otherwise very serious (and only occasionally pointed) confirmation hearing on Thursday afternoon was interrupted — after the Code Pink protestors — by maybe one too many Christie jokes. Yes, really.

First, in a moment of jokey banter, Senator Dan Coats noted Brennan's New Jersey heritage:

Brennan — something of a New Jersey hero himself — announced the origin of his candor:

Then, Senator Mark Udall, the member of the Senate Intelligence Committee who was grilling Brennan and has been pressing him on torture all week, declared that serving as CIA Director is way more tasking than running the state of New Jersey:

Then, Brennan announced he did not intend to run against Christie in this year's gubernatorial race:

By this time others were noticing a theme:

See? Chris Christie is everywhere. Indeed, while being discussed in Washington, D.C. — at a confirmation hearing! — Christie was vetoing an Internet gambling bill in New Jersey.

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