Time cover annoys New Jersey governor

Kia Farhang

Chris Christie isn’t happy with his most recent photo shoot.

The New Jersey governor appears on the cover of Time magazine’s latest issue in a photo illustration he deemed “insensitive.”

                                        Photo courtesy of Time Magazine

"I think the combination of the photo and the term 'The Boss' underneath there…can lead to an interpretation of, you know, mob boss," Christie said to the New Jersey Star Ledger in a news conference. He went on to point out the role television shows like The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire have played in reinforcing stereotypes about New Jersey residents.

"When you take the state's governor, and you put him on the cover of a national magazine and portray him in that way, I think you're making a choice," Christie said. "And I think that choice is insensitive."

Christie, a Republican, made headlines in the final weeks of the 2012 presidential campaign when he crossed party lines and praised the Obama administration's handling of the Hurricane Sandy relief effort. He has been mentioned as a possible Republican candidate for the presidency in 2016.

This is not the first time Time magazine has been criticized for one of its covers. In June 1994, Time altered a photo of professional football player and alleged murderer O.J. Simpson, darkening his mugshot when they placed it on the cover of their June 27th issue. Critics argued the more “sinister” portrayal of Simpson was racist.