The cover of Time Magazine which was released on Jan. 9, 2013, features a picture of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, which looks more like it belongs on the wall at the post office. The only thing missing is Christie holding up the little sign with his name and prison identification number.
The caption states “The Boss” which also adds to the picture and all the innuendos that come with it. When presented with the cover on the Imus Show, Christie kept his sense of humor over the cover. "I’m reporting Time magazine to the, like, anti-Italian defamation league. I mean, look at that thing. It says ‘boss’ underneath. I mean come on; I can’t wait for that thing to come home for my kids to see it" he told Imus and his audience.
Christie also made fun of the picture when later in the day he referenced “The Boss” title to his idol Bruce Springsteen, whose official nickname is “The Boss” and stated "You know he’s going to be pissed off at that; I’m going all the way back to the back of the line again," referring to his relationship and bro-mance with Springsteen that has been years in the making and only recently acknowledged by Springsteen who largely ignored the governor and is an Obama supporter. In fact, it was Obama who actually brought the two of them together along with Christie’s handling of Hurricane Sandy.
Not everybody is laughing though, some Italian Americans take offense that the picture is offensive to Christie’s heritage, since his mother was a Sicilian-American.
The Time article though is more a compliment to Christie highlighting his popularity and handling of New Jersey for the last 3 years and the command presence he has wherever he goes. Christie is self-effacing, has a sense of humor and does not take himself too seriously. Those who want to make an issue over the picture as insulting and mean spirited to his heritage are taking it a bit too far.