While in Office, Christie Has Been Given 77 Diet Books
Givers include Dr. Oz, South Beach Diet inventor
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jan 24, 2015 2:06 PM CST
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has been given 77 diet books.   (AP Photo/The Press of Atlantic City, Michael Ein)

(Newser) – It's unclear whether they're from mean-spirited detractors or genuine well-wishers, but either way, it seems in poor taste: Chris Christie has received dozens of diet books as gifts while he's been governor of New Jersey, NJ.com reports. He's been sent a total of 600 books of various kinds, and a full 77 have been on the topic of diet, according to his office's gift records.

Titles range from Morbid Obesity: Will You Allow It To Kill You? to The Macho Man Diet, and givers include Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Arthur Agatston, the guy who invented the South Beach diet. Says etiquette expert Lizzy Post, great-granddaughter of Emily: "There's a reason why they're called 'self-help' books, and not 'help-others' books." But Christie himself hasn't exactly earned a reputation for politeness, notes Katy Waldman at Slate.