Some "Dad Dancing" for Father's Day Weekend

Whatever your political leanings, you've gotta give it up for a politician who's willing to dance on national television. And Jimmy Fallon seems to be especially good at getting politicians to do just that.

A couple of years ago, to celebrate Father's Day, Fallon came up with a delicious little sketch called "The Evolution of Dad Dancing," which he performed solo on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon...

...and it spawned a meme that A) just won't quit and B) has somehow become the perfect dance vehicle for politicians. First Lady Michelle Obama showed off her Mom Dancing to promote her "Let's Move" campaign last year...

...and last night, in honor of Father's Day, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie joined Fallon for part two of "Evolution of Dad Dancing" on The Tonight Show. While Christie's moves might not be the most dextrous—frankly, they make us a tad uncomfortable—we've got to give him an A for effort. (And for his excellent fist pumping. Dude's from Jersey, after all.)

Happy Father's Day weekend, everyone—and thanks to all the dance dads out there!

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