Christie among 2012's most fascinating

"Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2012," will air as a 90 minute-long ABC News special highlighting some of the yearâ??s most prominent names in entertainment, sports, politics and popular culture. This yearâ??s special will air WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12 (9:30-11pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network, and will include outspoken New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. (ABC/ Ida Mae Astute)

December 12, 2012 2:44:39 PM PST
Chris Christie, New Jersey's bombastic governor, found himself literally in the eye of the storm when two of this year's biggest news stories -- the presidential election and superstorm Sandy -- collided.Tune in for "Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2012" on Channel 7 tonight at 9:30 p.m.

Christie's unique role in both of those events along with his outsized personality earned him a spot on Barbara Walter's list of the 10 most fascinating people of 2012.

Courted to run for president, Christie instead became an early and vocal supporter of Republican nominee Mitt Romney. That support, however, came under fire when fans-turned-critics accused him of costing Romney the election by praising President Obama's leadership in the aftermath of the storm.

"First of all, I didn't help [Obama] win," Christie told Barbara Walters. "I was doing my job."

"The fact of the matter is President Obama won the election pretty comfortably? I was doing my job as I saw fit to do it. And I told the truth, like I always do. The president did step up and help tremendously in New Jersey."

Tonight's Barbara Walters special will also feature the woman behind the literary phenomenon Fifty Shades of Grey, writer EL James; Olympic Gold medalist Gabby Douglas; Academy Award-winning actor/director/writer Ben Affleck; One of the most famous women in politics, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; The British boyband sensation One Direction; 2013 Oscars host and creator of television cult classic "Family Guy" Seth MacFarlane.

The Number One Most Fascinating Person of 2012 will be announced on the program tonight at 9:30 on Channel 7.

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