Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey ascended to become one of the country's top political stars almost in spite of his weight — dismissing those who questioned whether his size disqualified him for higher office as "ridiculous" and "irresponsible."
Now, like a little hefty politicians beforehand him, Mr. Christie has embarked on a major effort to shed pounds by the side of a instant whilst his eyes are on the presidency. Saying so as to "a undivided bunch of other things" had not worked, he revealed on Tuesday so as to he had undergone stress loss surgery three months in the past. He is at the moment 40 pounds lighter.
Mr. Christie, a Republican, thought concerns almost his type, not politics, drove him to undergo the "Lap-Band" procedure, in which a silicone crew is placed around the stomach to discourage overeating.
His body and even his flanking biased advisers thought they had not celebrated he had the setup or had even considered having it.
But in the image-conscious humanity of politics, the questions almost could you repeat that? Effect light down would allow on a doable presidential run without delay dominated the dialogue of his move. Mr. Christie's heft has been part of his brand. Would he hazard down a little of his Everyman appeal along with the stress?
The controller swatted individuals questions again. "Whatever size I crop up to be whilst I allow to turn into decisions almost could you repeat that? To act after that in my career, I doubt so as to will fool around one role or effect in could you repeat that? I decide to act," he told reporters massed outside an event in Newark. "It's not a career put out in support of me; it is a long-term vigor put out in support of me."