Gov. Chris Christie has lost “a lot” of weight after undergoing weight loss surgery last year, but refuses to state exactly how much he has lost because that’s nobody’s business. Last week, Christie slammed a report claiming he said he had lost 85 pounds, insisting he has never publicly shared those details.
“I had a guy just the other day, and he was significantly overweight,” Christie told CBS News Oct. 1. “And we were walking down the stairs, and he says, ‘So come on, tell me, how much weight have you lost?’ I said, ‘A lot.’ And he said, ‘No, I mean, exactly how much?’ And I said, ‘A lot.’ And he said, ‘Well, why won’t you tell me? And I said, ”Because it’s none of your business.'”
Christie’s weight has been a major topic his entire political career, and became an even hotter topic after he got lap band surgery in February 2013. While some bariatric surgeons estimate Christie has lost 100 pounds or more, he has remained notoriously tight-lipped, saying his weight loss is not a topic for public discussion.
Christie also said he has no desire to be a role model for other people who want to lose weight or get bariatric surgery, saying he made his decision so he could live a long, healthy life for the sake of his wife and four children. Last week, the New York Times reported the New Jersey governor had told attendees at a fundraising dinner that he lost 85 pounds. But Christie immediately slammed that report, saying he never said such a thing.
While many have speculated Christie got the weight loss surgery to make himself a more viable candidate for the 2016 presidential nomination, he said that’s simply not true. That said, the race for the 2016 presidential nominations is heating up, with Christie considered the frontrunner for the Republican party.
Christie’s weight became a hot-button political issue in 2013 after former White House physician Dr. Connie Mariano said Christie would not be a viable presidential candidate for 2016 because of his obesity. “I’m worried about this man dying in office,” Mariano told CNN. “I’m worried he may have a stroke. It’s almost like a time bomb waiting to happen unless he addresses those issues before running for office.”
In response to the comments, Chris vehemently insisted he was very healthy. However, in February 2013, he quietly underwent lap band surgery and said he has never felt better. The gastric band procedure involves having a silicone band placed around the stomach to create a pouch the size of a golf ball, limiting the amount of food the patient is able to ingest.
Gov. Christie, who has been overweight all his life, said the best thing about lap band is that he no longer feels the compulsive need to eat all the time. When asked how much more weight he wants to lose, Christie again demurred. “I’ll know when I’ll be satisfied, and so will Mary Pat,” he laughed. “And those are the only two people that really matter in all this, right?”
Christie joins a long list of celebrities who have undergone dramatic transformations after getting weight loss surgery, including “The View” host Rosie O’Donnell, who recently lost 53 pounds after getting vertical gastric sleeve. EJ Johnson, the son of NBA superstar Magic Johnson, also got gastric sleeve surgery five weeks ago and has since lost 50 pounds.