Christie Will Guest-Host the “Today” Show

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Gov. Chris Christie will guest-host the "Today" show later this month. And tonight, he will give his first television interview since his weight loss surgery, on the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.

NBC announced Tuesday that Christie will be a co-host for an hour of the May 24 show, which will broadcast from the Jersey shore as part of its "Great American Adventure" road trip.

A location for the appearance has not been finalized.

The road trip segment involves the show's anchors traveling together to five U.S. destinations in a single week.

Christie joins Sarah Palin and Laura Bush as other political figures who have co-hosted an hour of the morning show.

Coincidentally, the announcement comes on the same day that news of Christie's secret weight-loss surgery is creating a lot of buzz.

The governor underwent stomach band surgery in February. He says his surgery was not politically motivated. Christie says he did it for his family -- so that he'd be around long enough to enjoy his children and grandchildren.

"I've struggled with this issue for 20 years," Christie said.

Christie will have a lot to talk about with The Today Show's weatherman, Al Roker. Roker has struggled with his weight since childhood. He underwent bypass surgery, which he talks about in his latest book, Never Goin' Back.

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