Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey has always had a weight problem. He has constantly been self-deprecating about his size. But, about to turn 50, he has decided to take it more seriously. He had lap-band surgery on President’s Day weekend.
The band limits the amount of food he is able to eat.
“I’ve struggled with this issue for 20 years,” he told the newspaper. “For me, this is about turning 50 and looking at my children and wanting to be there for them.”
He is presently running for re-election in New Jersey, and some have already speculated that his attempt to lose weight is in preparation for a 2016 run for the White House.
“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,'” he said.
His flippant attitude about his size was never more evident than when he appeared on David Letterman recently. He admitted that his weight was “fair game” for comedians, and proceeded to pull out, and eat, a doughnut.
He says he has lost 40 pounds. “A week or two ago, I went to a steakhouse and ordered a steak and ate about a third of it and I was full,” he told the Post.
The surgery took place on February 16th, and lasted for forty minutes. Lap-band surgery is considered a minor, invasive surgery. It is approved for men such as the Governor who have attempted to lose weight and failed.
The band is adjustable. As Christie loses more weight, fluid is pumped into the band to further restrict the amount of food he is able to eat.
A healthy, fit Presidential candidate is more likely to receive votes. Statistically the public does consider the health of those who seek the White House.
In the 1960 Presidential Debates, post-election polls revealed that John F. Kennedy’s relaxed and confident appearance, his physicality and Hollywood-type good looks, influenced some voters. At the same time, Richard Nixon’s uneasiness in front of the camera, with beads of perspiration trickling from his forehead, may have lost him votes.
The always outspoken Christie is popular with most Republican voters, but his Party is not always pleased with his actions.
Washington is more divided by one serious illness than by any other, Party Politics. When Governor Christie praised President Obama for his immediate assistance after his state was devastated by “super-storm” Sandy, he was heavily criticized for telling the truth.
When he was televised with his arm briefly around the President’s waist, that was the last straw. He was not invited to the CPAC earlier this year.
Christie may be the one man who votes with the right side of the aisle who has the ability to change Washington. I am old enough to remember when Democrats and Republicans used to work together for the good of the nation. At present, they work only with their own parties, and for the single purpose of their re-election and personal advancement.
Columnist-The Guardian Express