This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," October 26, 2009. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
SEAN HANNITY, HOST: All right, one week from tomorrow, the Republican Party hopes to regain control of the governor's mansions in both New Jersey and Virginia, and the race in New Jersey has gotten ugly in recent weeks, thanks to the very desperate attack ads released by the Democrat incumbent, Governor Jon Corzine.
My next guest, he's not backing down and continues to fight to the finish line. Joined now by the Republican candidate for governor in the state of New Jersey. You have the highest taxes, higher than New York?
GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE CHRIS CHRISTIE, R-N.J.: Yes, highest taxes in America.
HANNITY: Chris Christie is with us.
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Highest in America.
CHRISTIE: Yes, highest tax burden in America.
CHRISTIE: Well, listen, New Jersey's combination of income tax, sales tax, business tax, and property taxes makes our residents the highest tax- burdened citizens in America.
HANNITY: Because I got in a big fight with Michael Moore about this. I pay, in New York, when all is said and done — sales, income, property, county, state, city — about 60 percent. You're around there?
CHRISTIE: Yes. Oh, yes.
HANNITY: Sixty percent — sixty percent of people's income in New Jersey goes to taxes?
HANNITY: Well, that's redistribution of wealth. What did you think when the governor comes out with this ad, you throwing your weight around? I mean, a vicious personal attack. You seem to take it in good humor, but...
CHRISTIE: Listen, I do, Sean, because it's silly, and it's beneath the office he holds. And the worst part of it is, I wish he'd just step up and admit it. I mean, admit that that's what they were trying to do. But they continue to deny: "Oh, no, that's not what we meant."
And the fact of the matter is, I've struggled with my weight for a good number of years.
HANNITY: Yes. Me, too, by the way. You and me both.
CHRISTIE: A lot of other New Jerseyans.
HANNITY: And New Yorkers.