Ever since he's been in the spotlight, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has endured everything from total tongue-lashings to teasing galore about his weight. He clearly has a healthy sense of humor about it, even going so far as to jokingly nosh on a doughnut during a sit-down with Letterman recently. But yesterday, he decided to fire back at one of his critics: Connie Mariano -- who was President Bill Clinton's White House doctor and retired Navy rear admiral. Mariano randomly volunteered her opinion on his health this week in a CNN interview, saying, "I'm a physician more than I'm a Democrat or a Republican. And I'm worried about this man dying in office." To that, Christie had to say ... "She should shut up!"
Ouch! While I think there was a slightly more diplomatic/less Jersey way of putting it, I have to agree with the governor. Where does this woman get off?!
Christie elaborated his case:
I find it fascinating that a doctor in Arizona who's never met me, never examined me, never reviewed my history or medical records, knows nothing about my family history could make a diagnosis from 2,400 miles away. She must be a genius.
For. Real. Worse yet, the governor noted that his 12-year-old son came to him after hearing the blip on the news ... "He said, ‘Dad, are you going to die?’ I mean, c'mon. This is irresponsible stuff,” Christie remarked. Yes, yes, it is.
But Mariano defended herself by saying, "It doesn’t take a physician to look at him and observe that he’s overweight." True. In fact, he looks obese, really. But what does that even MEAN? It's truly shameful that despite being a supposedly licensed physician, Mariano is no better than the general, ignorant public that runs around thinking they know everything about Governor Christie's health, crying, "That guy's fat! He can't run for public office, because he's too fat! He must be unhealthy! He must be headed for a heart attack!" What do they know?
No matter what we think, we can't know for sure what's going on with someone's physical or mental health just by looking at them. Yes, Governor Christie's overweight -- that's obvious. But as recent research has showed, being overweight doesn't necessarily mean what we think it does. It doesn't necessarily mean heart risk or an early death. There are overweight people who are healthier than thin ones.
No one knows how healthy or unhealthy Christie is other than him, his actual doctor, and his nearest and dearest. And to make a judgment call or diagnosis attempt of anyone's personal situation without having actually examined them or their medical records, as Christie noted, is just plain irresponsible.
What do you think about the doctor's comments? Are you with her or Christie?