New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has lost over 60 pounds since undergoing lap-band weight-loss surgery eight months ago, but his gubernatorial challenger has played the "weight card" by disclosing she weighs a sleek 125 pounds. The seemingly catty move has put pressure on Christie to reveal the state of his own health.
[Update: Chris Christie was re-elected governor by a landslide on Nov. 5]
“Listen, I’m happy to make medical reports public," said Gov. Christie. "But the fact is, people see whether you’re fit for the job by whether you can do the job or not.
"And people have watched me over the last four years do the job under some significantly difficult circumstances and come to work every day and work as hard as I can for the people of this state.”
On Oct. 15, New Jersey State Senator Barbara Buono released a letter from her doctor revealing that the 60-year-old Democratic gubernatorial candidate follows a healthy diet, is physically fit and runs regularly.
“She has never smoked cigarettes,” Dr. Jeffery L. Carson wrote of Sen. Buono. “Her diet is excellent. Senator Buono runs regularly and is physically fit. In summary, [she's] in excellent health and has no significant medical problems. She is physically able to serve as governor of the state of New Jersey.”
The topic of Christie's weight has been raised before. In a December 2012 interview, TV journalist Barbara Walters asked whether Christie was "too fat" to be president (he said he was not).
Gov. Christie, who has been open about his lifelong weight struggles, has admitted he wants to lose weight to get healthy. However, Christie, 51, has never revealed how much he weighs or how many pounds he has lost so far.
Christie underwent a 40-minute lap-band procedure in February 2013. The gastric-band operation involves having a silicone band placed around the stomach to create a pouch the size of a golf ball, limiting the amount of food the patient is able to ingest.
Christie said he's happy with his weight-loss progress and is more than halfway to his goal, but didn't provide details other than the lap-band has dramatically curbed his appetite. "I’m not nearly as interested in food as I used to be," he said.