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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he is "more than a little" overweight — but fit enough to be in the White House.
The Republican governor was asked about his weight problem during an interview with Barbara Walters for her "10 Most Fascinating People" special Wednesday night on ABC.
Walters told the governor some people say he is too heavy to be president one day.
"That's ridiculous," Christie responded. "I don't know what the basis for that is."
Walters said worries about his health were the reason for the concern. The governor then pointed to his widely praised handling of Superstorm Sandy, which has sent his popularity soaring.
"I've done this job pretty well, and I think people watched me for the last number of weeks and Hurricane Sandy doing 18-hour days and getting right back up the next day and still being just as effective in the job," he said. "So I don't really think that would be a problem."
If Christie is thinking about making a bid for the White House in 2016, he isn't saying.
"I don't know what I'll feel like in 2016," he said. "First things first, that was another thing my mother taught me. First things first. First things first is to finish the job I have here."
Christie had considered a run for president in 2012. Last month, he announced that he would seek re-election as governor, saying he wanted to lead the state through its post-storm rebuilding and that the one year left in his first term wouldn't be enough to finish the job.
The governor has battled a weight problem for many years and often jokes about his struggles. At a news briefing last month, when asked about Twinkies maker Hostess shutting down, he went on a riff about not taking the bait. "This is a setup!" he jokingly exclaimed.
When Walters started the discussion by telling Christie he is a "little overweight," he responded: "More than a little."
Asked why, he answered: "If I could figure that out, I'd fix it."
The governor was also asked about his weight during an interview with Oprah Winfrey in January, and how he deals with people joking about him being fat. He said he had developed "a shell about it."
He has said he hired a personal trainer about a year ago.
I think he would have done better against Obama than Romney did this year. People can connect to Christie. He comes across as a real person, rather than a guy like Romney, who is so incredibly self-conscious that he comes across as awkward.
This post was edited by cstory80 16 months ago
I believe Christie would have won. Romney was a terrible candidate and could not credibly attack Obamacare.
This post was edited by Morethanafan 16 months ago
Christie/Thune or Christie/Rubio.
All the best players on the GOP team chose to sit on the bench.
Cry Havoc; and let slip the dogs of war!
Christie was smart to sit out in 2012. It wasn't his time. He'll be running in the post-Obamacare election after millions of Americans feel the effects of Obama's well-intentioned but horribly misguided plan.
There's something alluring about wacky Christie. I'm in Jersey now (again) and I can safely say people love this guy here. He's got a 71% approval rating - the highest of any Governor in New Jersey history.
I realize Jersey has had its share of crapola governors (McGreevy, Corzine the Thief, etc.) but still... 71% is nothing to sneeze at.
I believe Christie will win the 2016 election if things keep going the way they're going. Can't think of another GOP candidate that would do the same.
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I don't think his weight will be a bar to him being president, but if he loses 100 lbs or so between now and 2016, without getting a lapband or something, then that will give him a big boost. Shows some self-discipline, and would be leading by example.
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As a surgeon said to me recently, "If you were 300+ lbs and totally out of shape, I would suggest a gastric bypass."
...but I am not, and he approved me for the surgery that we were discussing (not having to do with my weight).
PS -- I saw Christie's interview last night. Based on that interview, he should have been #1 on wa-wah's list.
This post was edited by deetj13 16 months ago
size isn't stopping hillary....just sayin
I think Christie seems like a nice enough person. His quick wit, and sharp tongue would make him fun at a party. Certainly his actions in the wake of Sandy have bolstered him in the public's eye.
His weight is of zero interest to me, but I do think it would effect many shallow people in the electorate. I have more concerns with the age of many candidates than I do with Christie's weight.
I would vote based on his policy positions, and based on that he is very unlikely to win my vote.
If Clinton decides to run, I think she beats Christie.
I will even go so far as to say that I believe she would win New Jersey.
What helps Christie in NJ and in a general election, his handling of Sandy, hurts him in a Republican primary.
I think Christie's chances are completely predicated on where we are in 2016. If another recession hits, it could spell doom for the Democratic Party. Chris Christie is the only prayer the GOP has in terms of getting a likeable, accessible candidate on the ballot.
If the GOP continues pandering to its right-wing Christian "base", the Democrats might hold onto the White House for the next 40 years. Romney was a terrible choice and the election results proved it.
Christie would revive the GOP and give Hillary a very tough fight. I believe he'd pull out the win if the economic picture is as bad or worse than it is today.
The question is, who does he choose as a running mate?
Do you not see Rubio as a likeable, accessible candidate?
If not, why not?
Chris is definitely one of the head-lining GOP candidates and is obviously well-liked, smart and dedicated to NJ, and the results show. Rubio is similar, but more of a cookie-cutter Republican, and is much more buttoned-down. He'd kill with the hispanic vote, too.
It would be nice as Ruff pointed out, if Chris can get on some sort of healthy plan/guideline....if he doesn't, he's in for some serious health issues, and he'll appear as someone with little to no self-control, and that doesn't bode well when running for high office. Shouldn't be a factor for determining leadership, but we all know perception (public) is everything.
If Ryan of the Jets can lose 100 lbs, so can Christie.
Rubio is ok, but he doesn't have the "it" factor like Christie does
Of course I am an Italian from NJ so... I'm biased.
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Shouldn't that old bat Walters ask herself if she's too old and senile to be doing interviews? Did she ask him what type of tree he would be? Can't stand her......never have.
NO bar from the Fridge either...
Tous pour un, un pour tous
She is an old bat!
She likes you Scott.
She was considering a VIP membership.
I guess not anymore!
I'd rather have Barbra Walters on the sideline than Shelly Smith!!!
From last season at the Arizona game. That was interesting.
I agree about Walters and would have considered the question stupid if several posters on this board had not mentioned that it concerns them. If it concerns many people, then is seems to be a valid question.
Hey Shelly's ma girl! She's Big and Red...what else do you need?
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