The Wall Street Journal: Politics Of Christie's Weight
All it took was a late-night, nationally televised bite of a doughnut for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to set off an uncomfortable three-day conversation about his weight. A host of media questions and a warning from a former White House doctor this week represent a small sample of what could follow Mr. Christie both into a second term if he wins re-election in November and on a presidential campaign in 2016, should he choose to pursue one. ... Mr. Christie, 50 years old, said Tuesday excess weight has been an issue for the last 30 years-;nearly his entire adult life. It came up during his 2009 run for governor, when his opponent, Democratic incumbent Jon Corzine, ran advertisements that seemed to make oblique references to Mr. Christie's girth. Mr. Christie hasn't divulged his weight, nor does he speak publicly about his eating habits, as (former Arkansas Gov. Mike) Huckabee did. He has told of his struggles, though, and uses it as fodder for jokes (Grossman, 2/7).