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MSNBC's "Morning Joe" And Chris Christie: A Love Story

The governor of New Jersey has been mentioned in over 500 episodes of MSNBC's nationally broadcast morning show since 2009.

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October 6, 2009: Joe responds to viewer concerns about the fact that Christie has yet to appear on the show.

SCARBOROUGH: "Why don't we have Mr. Christie on the air? Very simple. He won't come on. We've asked him. We'll ask him again."

October 14th, 2009: With just twenty days until the election, Chris Christie drops in on Morning Joe for the very first time.

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As this historic moment in cable news history concludes, Scarborough, who had been nervous about co-host Mika Brzezinski saying something "rude" about Christie's weight, asks the candidate how she did:

SCARBOROUGH: "Was she OK?"

CHRISTIE: "Yes, great! Not OK, great!

April 22, 2010: "I love him." — Mika Brzezinski

SCARBOROUGH: "Let me tell you something, I'm going to be honest, we had Chris Christie on our show, we sort of made fun of him."

MIKA: "I love him."

SCARBOROUGH: "Turn the music down. This is important. I'm dead serious here. I just could not believe that this guy would win. This is how Republicans are supposed to talk and they haven't talked this way in a decade."

MIKA: And he doesn't prepare it. He just talks.

June 29, 2010: Christie's takes a victory lap on Joe after passing his first budget in New Jersey.

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July 26, 2010: "He hates Snooki."

MIKA: "He (Christie) takes issue with that show Jersey Shore, and actually talked about it on a Sunday morning talk show. He hates Snooki. Could that be? I kind of like what he had to say."

September 24, 2010: "How many times can we tell Chris Christie we love him?" — Joe Scarborough

January 25, 2011: Christie turns down an invitation to deliver the Republican rebuttal to the State of the Union:

SCARBOROUGH: "What a smart move by Christie. Look at the past ten guys or women who have done the response. Nothing good ever comes of it."

February 17, 2011: "Is he (Christie) really that great or is everybody else so bad?" — Mika Brzezinski

SCARBOROUGH: "No politician has ever come out and said, 'You shut down the government? I'm going opening up a beer and watching the Mets play. I'll come back when you open it again.'"

September 23, 2011: "I've heard it five or six times from people in different spheres, Chris Christie is passing up a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to jump into this field because the Republicans want him, the field is weak, and the President's weak." — Joe Scarborough

December 12, 2011: "If Chris Christie ran (for the '12 Republican nomination), he'd be 40 points ahead." — Joe Scarborough

December 20, 2011: "Chris Christie could certainly be President." — Joe Scarborough

February 24, 2012: "We have to get Chris Christie back here...Wasn't that an amazing talk yesterday?" — Joe Scarborough

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Scarborough discussing Jonathan Capehart's attempted grilling of the governor on the topic of marriage equality:

April 12, 2012: "My main man, Chris Christie. His numbers are insane! This guy is pushing 60% in New Jersey. One of the bluest states in America. In New Jersey! Come on! That's just amazing." — Joe Scarborough

May 8, 2012: "He's one of the most popular governors in America." — Joe Scarborough

June 12, 2012: "If Chris Christie would have decided to go (run for president), Chris would have won -- he would have been out front." — Joe Scarborough

November 7, 2012: On election night, Morning Joe defends Christie for working with Obama during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

SCARBOROUGH: "Chris Christie is going to get hammered over the next couple of weeks for doing his job and also for being bipartisan."

November 27, 2012:

MIKA: "Governor Chris Christie is getting ready for a second term. The Republican governor has filed paperwork to run for reelection. Christie currently enjoys a record high approval rating from -- following his hands on response to Hurricane Sandy."

December 13, 2012: "Springsteen, Bon Jovi, and Chris Christie." — Joe Scarborough

January 9, 2013: "You can read into those (poll) numbers and see there's a diverse amount of support for him." — Mika Brzezinski

SCARBOROUGH: "Conservatives that hate Chris Christie, let me repeat that; Chris Christie has a 73% approval rating."

January 8, 2013: "Chris Christie, a huge leader in the party, came out against the NRA." — Mark Halperin

January 22, 2013: "It will be very open for the Republican party in 2016 for somebody like a Chris Christie to step into the frey and seize the reins." — Joe Scarborough

February 13, 2013: "He's a smart man, Chris Christie, and he's in the 70s." — Joe Scarborough

February 20, 2013:

WILLIE GEIST: "New Jersey governor Chris Christie's approval rating now at 74% in that state. That's the highest the survey has ever recorded for a governor in the state of New Jersey. When it comes to a potential matchup in the 2016 presidential race, because why not, Hillary Clinton gets 49% against Chris Christie. He gets 45%".

March 27, 2013: "Governor Chris Christie assuring Queen Elizabeth that she has nothing to worry about when Prince Harry visits the Jersey Shore." — Mike Barnicle

May 7, 2013: "He's a tough, hard charging guy." — Joe Scarborough

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MIKA: "He tried everything.

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