December 13, 2012

Gov. Christie says fit, not fat, counts on road to White House

The Associated Press

TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he is "more than a little" overweight - but fit enough to be in the White House.

The Republican governor was asked about his weight problem during an interview with Barbara Walters for her "10 Most Fascinating People" special Wednesday night on ABC.

Walters told the governor some people say he is too heavy to be president one day.

"That's ridiculous," Christie responded. "I don't know what the basis for that is."

Walters said worries about his health were the reason for the concern. The governor then pointed to his widely praised handling of Superstorm Sandy, which has sent his popularity soaring.

"I've done this job pretty well, and I think people watched me for the last number of weeks and Hurricane Sandy doing 18-hour days and getting right back up the next day and still being just as effective in the job," he said. "So I don't really think that would be a problem."

If Christie is thinking about making a bid for the White House in 2016, he isn't saying.

"I don't know what I'll feel like in 2016," he said. "First things first, that was another thing my mother taught me. First things first. First things first is to finish the job I have here."

Christie had considered a run for president in 2012. Last month, he announced that he would seek re-election as governor, saying he wanted to lead the state through its post-storm rebuilding.

When Walters started the discussion by telling Christie he is a "little overweight," he responded: "More than a little."

Asked why, he answered: "If I could figure that out, I'd fix it."

 

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