Actor and ‘Chris Christie Look-a-Like’ Lenny Mancuso delivered the State of the State address in Trenton today, while the actual New Jersey Governor attended campaign events in New Hampshire at a high school in Manchester and a senior citizen center in the seacoast town of Portsmouth. Christie Campaign Communications Director Samantha Smith, wrote the State of the State speech and “worked with Mancuso for several days on vocal inflection, body language, attidude and mannerisms.”
Mr. Mancuso is signed exclusively with the Tapley Entertainment Look-A-Like agency and has been appearing at (according to their website) “corporate events, awards banquets, trade shows, school fundraisers, sophisticated parties, advertising promotions, bar mitzvahs, mall openings, car shows and comedy clubs” as “Chris Christie: ‘The Tell It Like It Is’ Guy!".
As a television and stage actor, Mancuso has appeared on Saturday Night Live sketches, two episodes of The Sopranos, and this past fall in “Fiddler on the Roof” at the Barn Door Theater of Lower Egg Harbor Township as “Lazar Wolf, the Butcher”.
Democratic leadership had plenty to say about the fact the actor chosen to play Christie is a ‘non union actor’: “New Jersey is a union state that pays union wages. It does not surprise me that the Republicans hire someone to play the governor who is not in SAG-AFTRA or in Equity. That just sends the wrong message to the working families of New Jersey,” noted Senate President Steve Sweeney. Sweeney is a union Ironworker by trade, and currently the Vice-President of the International Association of IronWorkers.
Mancuso has been playing Christie many times over the last two years whenever Governor Chris Christie leaves the state, and is paid by the New Jersey GOP, “not the State of New Jersey”, according to a press release from the office of Samuel S. Raia, GOP State Chair.
"The New Hampshire Primary is just a few weeks away (February 1st), and Chris cannot afford to leave the Granite State when he's almost in fourth place," noted Campaign Manager Ken McKay.