NJ Gov. Christie says weight is no bar to presidency, cites storm response as proof of stamina

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: December 12, 2012 - 4:50 PM
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tigerlily123Dec. 12, 12 1:23 PM

Governor Christie should lose weight, whether he runs for president or not. His kids and wife need him around, and he'll feel better. If he runs for president, it will be a perceived imperfection that is picked at relentlessly, distracting from the more important issues. It's just a good idea.

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gemie1Dec. 12, 12 3:03 PM

I thought Christie handled himself very well during hurricane Sandy. Our country has a problem with obesity, but it should not be used to discriminate against qualified people. I had more concerns about Cheney's health than I do about Governor Christie' weight issues. I had more concerns about Bush II and President Obama's lack of experience. It's always a great idea to be in a normal weight range, but this should not be our criteria for President.

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mattosikaDec. 12, 12 3:34 PM

Nope. His weight wouldn't stop him from being elected to the Presidency. His mouth is what would do that.

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comment229Dec. 12, 12 3:52 PM

It is kind of ironic that he is perceived as such a clever, smart individual... and yet says he cannot figure out why he is heavy. It's real simple; there are two reasons for weight gain: too many calories and not enough exercise. His weight would be an issue if he was nominated, but not for me. I would take a hard look at his position, and would want to hear if he bows down to the tea party. If he moved as far to the right as Romney did, to get tea party support, then he would lose my vote immediately. If he told the tea party leaders, especially Bachmann, that he has no time for them and will make his own policies and decisions, then I will consider voting for him, depending on who the democrats run. Have the TV commercials for the 2016 election started yet?

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nomedsDec. 12, 12 3:59 PM

He has 4 yars to lose the weight. There should be no problem with him losing the weight. If he doesn't or doesn't even try, then I would question whether he lacks ambition and is lazy.

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Truckman182Dec. 12, 12 4:50 PM

Funny that he still thinks he has any shot at being president. He blew that chance when he became Obama's #1 Fan 6 weeks ago. His star has faded and unless he switches parties his national political career is over.

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crystalbayDec. 12, 12 5:35 PM

Morbid obesity is a grave health risk - why would America hire on as its leader a man who is clearly a walking heart attack waiting to happen? This isn't about appearance; it's about his obvious disease - a well-known eating disorder. Would we elect a man who's a practicing alcoholic?? I don't think so. Add to this his obesity-caused asthma, and he's clearly not physically up to the job.

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crystalbayDec. 12, 12 5:37 PM

"He has 4 yars to lose the weight.".............Actually, only gastric bypass would enable him to lose this weight. You don't seem to realize that this man has a diagnosable disease?

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sausageDec. 12, 12 6:06 PM

I think that he had best lose the weight. He also should switch parties because his screen shots with the president will not win him any votes. This guy has been sitting on the fence and it may just fall in on him.

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jimmyjames76Dec. 12, 12 7:36 PM

"He blew that chance when he became Obama's #1 Fan 6 weeks ago.".........My god some conservatives are petty. He said Obama did a good job responding to the needs of his state during and after this natural disaster. He was giving praise for a job well done, not saying he agrees with Obama on everything and they're now best friends forever. The fact that he's capable of working with a fellow American in a tough situation for the good of our country should be considered a strength, not a weakness.

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