UNION BEACH, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie, who has acknowledged to Barbara Walters he’s “more than a little” overweight and munched on a jelly doughnut on David Letterman‘s talk show, is addressing his weight issues head-on. Speculation is intensifying that he’s positioning himself to run for president in 2016.
“If you talked to anybody who has struggled with their weight, what they would tell you is ‘every week, every month, every year, there’s a plan,'” Christie said Tuesday, a day after appearing with Letterman, who has used the Republican governor’s midsection as a punch line since he took office in 2010. “The idea that somehow I don’t care about this, of course I care about it, and I’m making the best effort I can.”
Christie, 50, acknowledged dieting has been a regular part of his life for 30 years.
“Sometimes I’m successful, and other times I’m not,” he said. “And sometimes, periods of great success are followed by periods of great failure.”
Christie has never revealed his weight or released his medical records, and he bristled when his size came up during the 2009 governor’s race. An ad by incumbent Gov. Jon Corzine accused Christie, a former federal prosecutor, of “throwing his weight around.”
Christie found himself addressing the issue again on Tuesday, when a reporter asked whether the people who elected him should worry about his health because of his weight.
Christie said he’s “remarkably healthy” and proved his fitness for the job by working 18-hour days after Superstorm Sandy.
He gave a similar answer when Walters asked him in December during her “Most Influential People” special if he was too fat to be president.
“That’s ridiculous,” he responded.
Christie, who is widely mentioned as a possible presidential candidate as his national reputation has grown since the storm, had one health scare during his first term: an asthma attack on a humid summer morning in 2011. It diverted him from a scheduled press conference at a farm to a hospital. He addressed the press when he was discharged hours later, saying the heat, not his weight, contributed to the attack but vowing dietary modifications.
“I weigh too much because I eat too much,” he said then.
He said Tuesday “there is a plan” for his weight.
“Whether it’s successful or not,” he said, “you’ll all be able to notice.”
Christie recited two of Letterman’s fat jokes while appearing on CBS‘ “Late Show” on Monday night and told the comedian his laugh lines about his weight were funny “about 40 percent” of the time.
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1. Little Legend and Puddy 😍😍😍😍
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2. "You on point Phife?" "all the time,Tip". 💥 #bannedfromnormal
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3. Vegan! The Impossible burger at Crossroads
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4. Lawrence #BeforeandAfterEpisodes 1-4: 184lbs 13% body fatEpisode 8: 196lbs 8% body fat S/O @coachdaveboxing with the works outs and @kildareriordan with the nutrition
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5. Jus haaaanngin out
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6. Meanwhile back at home in Atlanta GA someone mad they not on the 🛳. 😳
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7. No limits... Photo cred: Chris Bridges @ludacris
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8. new new
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9. Apparently my 260lbs is too much for the actual vines in the Hawaiian jungles to hold me without breaking and me falling hundreds of feet. So for safety purposes, I'm forced to swing thru #Jumanjj on wires strong enough to hold 12 adult buffaloes and 1 adult Rock. #OnSet #Jumanji #IronicallyIEatBuffaloDailyForLunch #MoreManThanNatureKnowsWhatToDoWith
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10. hey ma! 🎎#wcw 💙
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11. Surprise visit to our factories!!! #GoodAmerican #USA
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13. Peachy Keen 🔥✨⚡️
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14. If this don't look thankful I don't know what does. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. #UltraBlessed #24kMagic #SweetPotatoFly
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15. Late nights @nbcmarlon with the writers... we in here!!!
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16. There goes my baaaaaaaaabbbbyyyyy #QueenKingMagic!!! We're up to something! Ira BIG!!! Stay out our buisness -
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17. You want to win every game you play but when you come home to these faces... who cares. #ILoveYouGirls best part of my day, everyday!
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18. Steady,steady..... full size jenga.. "I got this one "???? Or do I ?
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19. Cornrows kind of day 😉@dontaysavoy2 you convinced me and I love. ❤️️
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20. #BrotherlyLove #tbt
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22. #basel #TeamLOVE @kingcombs
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23. Just introduced a special screening of @directher 's groundbreaking (must see) documentary @13thfilm with my brother @themichaelealy | @unitedblackout #blackoutblackfriday
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24. Me & Vanessa Williams giving #DuckLips #Pose on the set of #DaytimeDivas @vh1 - Coming Soon to a tv near you. Lol. - My make up done by @makeupsurgeon
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25. This picture just makes me wanna praise the Lord, you hear me!!!!!! Yes Lord brotha #TEDDYCAMPBELL What a #man !!! You are everything right on this picture husband ......... #gorgeous #stylish #classy #strong #masculine #king #sexy #debonair #gentlemenstyle And that #bible in your hand just seals the deal for me (probably cause i know that, that is what helped you become just as amazing as you look😘). While my heart and mind experiences the goodness of God at #church on Sundays, my eyes experiences the goodness of Teddy😍. Amen somebody🙌🏽. "Bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me bless his holy name" #myman #myhusband #goodman #blackman #dapperman #godlyman #goodfather #mybestfriend
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26. Yesterday was my mama's 53rd birthday!!!!! Got to celebrate with her all day. If this is what I have to look forward to I can't wait. Looking like a soft bucket a cocoa butter. Yaaaaaaaaaas! 😍😍😍 love you mommy!
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27. "Shout out to @PureAtlanta for getting the family right"....I'm loving this jogger. 😍😍
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28. This pic warms my heart ❤️ #myLogiebeans and aunt aunt umba @itowandabraxton 😘
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29. You will always be my baby😜. #HappyBirthdayReginae #mybaby18
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