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NJ Governor Chris Christie Underwent Secret Weight Loss Surgery; Why?
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who is clearly morbidly obese, underwent a secret weight-loss surgery back in February. His office confirmed the surgery but has declined any specifics.
According to an interview Christie gave to the New York Post today, he underwent a lap-band procedure which entails having a silicone band put around the stomach to limit the amount of food you can eat. This is not the same as gastric bypass surgery, which alters your digestive system. This procedure is also reversible, unlike gastric bypass.
Christie, who has been the brunt of many late night jokes regarding his size, as well as being a potential deal breaker for a run at the presidency, insisted this has nothing to do with politics.
“It’s so much more important than that,” he said. “I’ve struggled with this issue for 20 years,” he said. “For me, this is about turning 50 and looking at my children and wanting to be there for them.”
Back in July of 2011, Christie was briefly hospitalized for an asthma attack. This incident received a lot of national attention and had people speculating if he had the ability to do his job.
Christie had this to say to reporters: “Despite the well-chronicled issues of my weight, I’ve been healthy by the normal indicators.” While his actual weight has never been reported, it’s estimated to be around 350 pounds.
Christie, also known for being a big-mouth-bully, and actually shouting “bullshit” at a town hall meeting last week in Long Beach Island, New Jersey, while children were present, has reportedly lost about 40 pounds in the three months since his surgery.
The Governor also came under fire for taking a helicopter to his son’s ballgame using New Jersey’s tax dollars, and then had a limousine pick him up and drive him the 100-yards to the actual ball field. I’m not one to make “fat jokes”, but come on; he couldn’t walk the length of a football field? Ridiculous!
After “Superstorm Sandy” hit and Christie was forced into a non-stop trek across the state, Dr. Connie Mariano, who was the White House doctor under the Clinton administration, during an interview with CNN stated she was concerned about his health. “I’m worried he may have a heart attack,” she said. “I’m worried he may have a stroke.” Christie responded by saying she had never treated him and that “she should shut-up.”
So, is this his attempt to become fit for a potential 2016 run for the presidency? Only he knows. If you ask me, absolutely. Sadly, people do not like fat. The fact he is an obnoxious bully who has increased New Jersey’s taxes while reducing teachers, police and fire, to name a few, is the more pressing question, in my opinion.
In any case, he’s just not fit as a human being, let alone to be President. Also, regardless of his size, he most likely couldn’t win against Hillary Clinton.