Eyes Settle, Once Again, on Christie's Weight
Obesity a challenge for governor
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2012 1:44 AM CDT
Updated Aug 29, 2012 2:06 AM CDT
Chris Christie has packed on even more pounds in the last few months.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – GOP conventioneers might have been transfixed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's hard-hitting speech last night, but there was something else they couldn't help noticing: He seemed larger than ever. The portly politician has said in the past he needs to do something about his weight, but he's apparently losing the battle. It's not only a health problem for the governor. Fat can also be a career-ender for politicians because the public doesn't tend to favor overweight leaders. Even several Newser readers attacked the 50-year-old governor by focusing on his weight following his speech last night.

Christie is far bigger than any other major politician in recent years, and, if he were ever elected president as supporters would like, he'd be the heaviest commander-in-chief in 100 years, reports the Los Angeles Times. The Times speculates that the public may be in the mood for a change, and finally willing to swap (in Christie's words) a "big, fat rear end" for the endless parade of tanned, toned politicians we've grown used to. But the 5-foot-11 governor has packed on even more weight in recent months, raising even more concerns about his health and longevity, an important consideration for a national leader. Last year Christie had to be rushed to an emergency room for treatment of his asthma, a condition often exacerbated by weight.

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Jeebus
Aug 31, 2012 1:47 AM CDT
If the stage had gave way under his weight, I would have attended church for the first time in 28 years.
Techno13
Aug 30, 2012 1:37 PM CDT
It's nice to know that Gov. Christie is eating well. His accomplishments (or lack of) in New Jersey are based on an embellished perspective and bragging about his delusions of success. He spent the first two years in office trying to force things through without even trying to understanding NJ's regulative and legislative process. He's basically a mouth in a suit who forgets that he's a Civil Servant, not an emperor.
bubbahotep
Aug 29, 2012 9:51 PM CDT
He ain't heavy, he's my brother.