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Christie a Guest at DC Correspondents Dinner

Gov. Chris Christie will be among the politicians and celebrities in Washington tonight for the 100th anniversary White House Correspondents Dinner.

Governor Christie attends White House Correspondent Dinner
Governor Christie laughts at a joke about him made by host Conan O’Briend at the White House Correspondent Dinner (YouTube)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and wife Mary Pat will attend the dinner on Saturday night as the guest of CNN, which has also invited actress Diane Lane.

Also sitting at the CNN table according to The Hill: Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) Reince Priebus, R, epublican National Committee chairman, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) and Deborah Dingell, Josh Earnest, White House special assistant to the president and Mo Elleithee, Democratic National Committee communications director.

Joel McHale of NBC’s “Community” will host the dinner.

New Jersey’s Republican governor attended last year’s dinner as the guest of the Huffington Post, as part of a New Jersey theme, sitting with Jon Bon Jovi and Newark native Shaquille O’Neal, Host Conan O’Brien cracked a joke last year in his opening monologue. “I’d like to acknowledge that earlier this evening, there was some confusion with the seating chart. For a moment, someone accidentally sat Governor Chris Christie with the Republicans. That was awkward, and I apologize,” he said.

In 2012, when Christie sat at the ABC table with the cast of “Modern Family,” Jimmy Kimmel made a joke about Christie’s weight. “You might be misunderstanding the New Jersey state slogan,” said Kimmel. “It’s not the ‘Olive’ Garden State.”

Other celebrities attending:  Deadline.com says Lupita Nyong’o is going as Time magazine’s guest. Jessica Simpson, Josh Gad of “Frozen” and Rosario Dawson are among the stars who’ll sit at the USA Today table.

ABC has invited many cast members from “Scandal,” but Kerry Washington won’t be there. Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet will also sit at the ABC table. The A+E Network is bringing Willie and Korie Robertson from “Duck Dynasty.” CBS has Julianna Margulies, Brad Paisley and his wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley.

At the Fox table: Matthew Morrison from “Glee,” Patrick Stewart, Ryan Kwanten from “True Blood,” Katherine McPhee and Rick Springfield. Kevin Hart will sit at the NBC table. Reuters has Olivia Munn, Darren Criss and Madeline Stowe.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report

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