Even before he stepped into the spotlight during Hurricane Sandy and made headlines for -- gasp! -- befriending President Obama, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has been buzzed about as a potential presidential contender for the Republican ticket in 2016. Given the magnitude of buzz, it's hard not to envision Christie vs. Hillary Clinton when thinking about who may be running three years from now. But many have been clucking for a while now that there's no way Christie can become POTUS, given his own "magnitude."
Enter a possible gamechanger and proof he's totally in it to win the White House: He secretly underwent lap-band stomach surgery, the governor revealed to The New York Post last night. He says he did it at the urging of family and friends after his 50th birthday last September. In other words, he's not saying trying to lose weight has anything to do with a presidential campaign, but pfft, come on!
Christie explained to the Post:
I’ve struggled with this issue for 20 years. For me, this is about turning 50 and looking at my children and wanting to be there for them. ... 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."
Ouch, well, I hope he "gives a crap" about himself! But it is sweet that he is stepping up his efforts on behalf of his wife and kids. Yeah, I buy that's part of why he's doing it. But it's not the only reason.
Even though Christie says the weight loss effort is "so much more important" than a presidential bid, a leading political donor seems to believe this definitely is an aggressive move to get in shape to run. The donor told 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." Ooooh.
Whether or not you agree that his weight should or shouldn't hold him back, it's clearly a factor some voters, political insiders, and advisers are concerned with. So let's not be surprised that with the governor's weight loss could come a ramp-up in 2016 campaign efforts.
Do you think this is a sign Christie is running? Do you feel like he needs to get his weight under control to win?
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