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February 07, 2013

Christie Gets Testy About His Weight

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) took on a former White House doctor who said he was at risk of dying in office because of his weight, calling her a "hack" and telling her to "shut up" unless she examines him, ABC News reports.

Said Christie: "If she wants to get on a plane and come here to New Jersey and asks me if she wants to examine me and review my medical history, I'll have a conversation with her about that. Until that time she should shut up."

First Read: "This is about Christie trying to confront, on his terms, what would be one of his biggest obstacles if he launches a presidential bid in 2016. He knows this is a hurdle; he knows it's not an insignificant one. The biggest thing is he has changed his tone on this, becoming much more open about it, even hinting that he's on a program and that people would notice if it's working relatively soon. As late as last year, Christie's standard response was essentially: my weight is my business, period. Not anymore. If you needed a hint that Christie is trying to get it together to run for president, this is it."


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