Rumor: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will run for president

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will run for president in 2016.

 

UNCONFIRMED : Christie’s presidential bid

            While no source has been discovered to confirm this rumor, Christie did appear on a Barbara Walters special Wednesday night to defend his weight, which recently has come to the forefront.

Walters pressed Christie on the weight issue, asking him how he would react to critics who say he is too obese to be president. (Click here to read more about the interview.)

            "That's ridiculous," Christie responded. "I don't know what the basis for that is."

            Christie acknowledges that he is “more than a little” overweight, but that it has no bearing on his ability to serve in the White House. He likens his battle to that of an addict.

            “I guess the best analogy to make is some people drink too much. Some people take drugs. Some people eat too much,” Christie said in a “Nightline” interview this summer. (Read more from the interview here.) “See, you can go live every day without drinking. You can live every day without taking drugs. You can’t live every day without eating.”

In a Washington Post blog post Thursday, a Republican operative said Christie’s weight is a genuine concern.

            “Being obese, and he certainly is, makes everyone assume he is a heart attack waiting to happen,” said Ed Rollins, who managed former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign in 2008.

            On the flip side, research was published in the journal “Obesity” in 2010 suggesting that a portly physique in men was a political asset.  (Read more about the findings here.)

Christie has not disclosed his weight, but if it exceeds 286 pounds he would be classified as “extremely obese” by the National Institutes of Health. (Read more about the NIH’s research on obesity here.)

 

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