A three-year-old who cried because he was “too small” to be Governor of New Jersey has not only become a Youtube hit, but has also been appointed honorary governor of the state for the day.

After the video of Jesse Koczon having a tantrum because he couldn’t be governor of New Jersey went viral, it came to the attention of real-life New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who decided to hand Jesse the reigns.

“What’s making you so sad?” the three-year-old’s mother, Dawn Koczon, asks her son in the back of a car.

“Cause everyone tells me that I’m too small to be the governor of New Jersey,” wails a hysterical Jesse.

When his mum asks him if he should wait until he’s in college, Jesse counters: “I’m already in college.”

Watch three-year-old Jesse Koczon telling why he wants to be governor of New Jersey.


The video won $10,000 from America’s Funniest Home Videos in December, but when Jesse’s uncle posted it on Youtube last week the clip took off and was played on many US TV stations.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie then came across the video and tweeted: “Don’t worry Jesse, people gave plenty of reasons why I couldn’t be Governor, though being too small wasn’t one of them.”

Father of four, Christie, said he decided to act:

“I’ve been in that scene when you have your kids just going wild in the back of the car. I related to it as a dad. I actually went home and I showed Mary Pat the video on YouTube. She said, ‘You’re inviting them in, right?’ I said, ‘Absolutely.’ “

On Wednesday, Christie invited Jesse, now five, and his family to the State House in Trenton where he named Jesse governor for a day. Jesse’s twin, Brandon, was relegated to being his brother’s lieutenant governor.

However, Jesse seemed to have lost some of his initial enthusiasm for being governor of New Jersey and, when asked what he would do during his day in office, relied: “Stay at home. I’m just a little kid!”

Fair enough.

Jesse becomes governor for the day.