11/08/2013 08:43 am ET Updated Nov 11, 2013

Time Magazine's Michael Duffy Defends Chris Christie Cover (VIDEO)

Time executive editor Michael Duffy defended the magazine's Chris Christie cover on Thursday.

Time generated controversy with its latest cover: a fuzzy image of the New Jersey governor accompanied by the headline "The Elephant in the Room," that seemed to be a jab at Christie's weight.

On Thursday's "Hardball," Chris Matthews asked Duffy what the cover meant. "Well, he’s obviously a big guy," Duffy said. "He’s obviously a big Republican. But he’s also done a really huge thing here this week. He stood astride the Republican Party and said, ‘Stop. We don’t have to make our whole appeal about narrow base issues.’ And that campaign showed it with the demographics you talked about."