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Chris Christie to co-host “Today” — while running for reelection

With his announcement of secret lap-band surgery, Chris Christie has been in the headlines all day. On a morning in the near future, though, he'll be covering the news, not making it.

NBC's "Today" has announced that Chris Christie is to act as a celebrity co-host for the 8-9 a.m. hour on the May 24 edition of the morning news-and-entertainment program, when it shoots in New Jersey. Christie joins past guest hosts like Sarah Palin, who memorably joined the show for a day in April 2012, giving the show a ratings win against insurgent "Good Morning America" on ABC.

But Palin was not an active politician -- the former Alaska governor already announced she was not a candidate in that year's presidential race. Christie is not merely the governor of New Jersey -- he's also running for reelection this November, and the prospect of a presidential run looms over his future.

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