SEA GIRT, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie lashed out Wednesday at a former White House doctor who said she worries about him dying in office because he is so heavy, telling her to “shut up.”
Dr. Connie Mariano, who served as White House physician from 1992 to 2001, told CNN she’d like to see Christie run for president in 2016 but he needs to lose weight. She said she worries he could have a heart attack or stroke.
“I’m worried about this man dying in office,” the doctor, who has a practice in Scottsdale, Ariz., told the network.
During a visit Wednesday to a shore town devastated by Superstorm Sandy, Christie was asked about the doctor’s comments.
Unless Mariano gives him a physical exam and learns his family history, “she should shut up,” the Republican governor said.
Christie said his children heard the doctor’s comments and his preteen son asked him if he was going to die.
“This is just another hack who wants five minutes on TV,” Christie said.
He has never revealed his weight, but he has repeatedly said keeping it in check has been a longtime struggle.
Christie joked about his size during an appearance Monday on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” pulling out a doughnut and saying his girth is “fair game” for comedians.
The next day, he spoke frankly about his efforts to lose weight and described himself as “remarkably healthy,” but he also acknowledged his doctor “continues to warn me that my luck is going to run out relatively soon.”
Christie, often mentioned as a possible presidential candidate, has never released his medical records. He had one health scare during his first term, an asthma attack in the summer of 2011 that sent him to a hospital but did not require him to be admitted. He blamed it on the heat, not his weight.
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5. Good Morning. Early day in Detroit! Making press rounds for @thebossnetwork's Ladies That Lead Tour. Thank you @traycemadre and @colourbynumbr for my glam.
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6. POWER the best show on TV @djenvy, Queens we so big out here. #EFFENVODKA #FRIGO
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7. They said u lost a step, wasn't explosive as once was, the best days was in the real view, questioned your drive, your leadership, your commitment, you don't have killer instinct, going back home is the worst mistake in your career, he got the coach fired, players traded, won't work between him and Kyrie, Him and Kev won't work, love your teammates to much, there's no way he can deliver a championship in his hometown, etc etc etc.... But guess what THATS NONE OF MY BUSINESS #StriveForGreatness #ThisOneIsForTheLand #PutSomeRespeckOnMyName Hahahaha!!! Yes sir
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