Christie: I Had Secret Weight-Loss Surgery
But don't cry '2016!' just yet
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 7, 2013 6:48 AM CDT
Updated May 7, 2013 7:11 AM CDT
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addresses a packed house at St. Luke's Baptist Church in Paterson, NJ, Tuesday, March 12, 2013.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

(Newser) – The window to poke at Chris Christie's weight may be, well, shrinking. The New Jersey governor had lap-band stomach surgery in February in a hushed effort to lose weight, he tells the New York Post. If your knee-jerk reaction to the news is "2016!", know that Christie was quick to deny that the move is part of a White House plan, saying, "I know it sounds crazy to say that running for president is minor, but in the grand scheme of things, it was looking at Mary Pat and the kids and going, 'I have to do this for them, even if I don’t give a crap about myself.'" In his telling, family and friends pushed him to take action, and he gave in following his 50th birthday in September.

In order to make the governor feel full more quickly, doctors wrapped the top of his stomach with a silicone tube. He's already lost 40 pounds, say Post sources, who share details about how he kept the procedure under wraps for three months: by having his doctor come directly to the governor's mansion for all medical visits, and by checking in under a fake name. If you're still thinking 2016, you're not alone. A leading political donor assures the Post that "this means he’s running for president. He’s showing people he can get his weight in control. It was the one thing holding him back."

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Darian22
May 17, 2013 7:37 AM CDT
I wonder why he didn't you some safier methods? Dieting, taking adipex , active sport...
Wrongdirection
May 9, 2013 10:18 AM CDT
I wish you well Chisty, As for a run for president, I'd vote for you! Your more a citizen than a politican and that definately rings with me!
Over the Road Steve
May 7, 2013 8:32 PM CDT
It's official. He's going to run for prez. Now all he has to do is officially change parties, because it will be a cold day in hell before he gets the GOP nod. Those folks are pissed.