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Chris Christie books role on 'Michael J. Fox Show'

July 16, 2013 at 9:24 AM   |   Comments

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LOS ANGELES, July 16 (UPI) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is to play himself on an upcoming episode of the new sitcom "The Michael J. Fox Show," The Huffington Post reported.

Christie has made entertainment news headlines several times in the past year because of his work with high-profile celebrities in raising money to rebuild the parts of the state hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy last fall.

A popular guest on talk shows, he also recently appeared on the sketch comedy series "Saturday Night Live" and attended funeral services for beloved New Jersey actor James Gandolfini.

To honor the late "The Sopranos" star, the governor ordered the flags on government buildings in the state be flown at half-staff in Gandolfini's honor for a day.

TVGuide.com said "The Michael J. Fox Show" will mark Christie's first appearance on a scripted series.

In his new show, Fox plays Mike Henry, a family man who returns to work as a New York television news anchor after leaving the job five years earlier to battle Parkinson's disease. The sitcom is to premiere Sept. 26.

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