Chris Christie doc certifies health is A-OK
October 25th, 2013
04:31 PM ET
9 months ago

Chris Christie doc certifies health is A-OK

(CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is in good health, his cardiologist certified Friday.

Thought to be mulling a 2016 Presidential run, Christie’s health has been a constant subplot of discussions around the Republican’s political future.

Up for reelection next month, he is currently far ahead in opinion polls over his Democratic challenger, state Sen. Barbara Buono.

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Battling weight problems for years, Christie surprised the political establishment when he revealed in May that he’d undergone lap band surgery three months earlier and had been losing weight since.

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Now, Christie appears to be preempting any concerns over his health with the political equivalent of a note from his doctor.

“Governor Christie has normal blood work, normal cardiovascular test results and good functional capacity,” concludes Dr. Rachana Kulkarni.

Kulkarni, who heads the cardiology department at Somerset Medical Center in New Jersey, reports that Christie has been under her care since January 2012.

She last saw the Governor on October 19, an exam Kulkarni calls “unremarkable.” Christie’s blood pressure at the time was 110 over 70 and his heart rate was 68 beats per minute, both well within acceptable norms.

“After he turned 50, Governor Christie has taken a very proactive role in his health,” Kulkarni writes.

“He is aware of being overweight and has taken several measures to address this issue.”

Among Christie’s efforts, Kulkarni certifies, is a healthy diet and regular exercise, doing aerobic and resistance-training exercise four days a week for an hour at a time.

After the February lap band surgery, Christie “has been losing weight steadily,” according to Kulkarni.

“He has been very compliant with his treatment and follow-ups and has taken all the measures towards primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases by aggressive management of his risk factors,” Kulkarni writes.

All this leads to one conclusion.

“Governor Christie has no medical limitations and is fit to serve as the Governor of the state of New Jersey.”

–CNN’s Bryan Koenig and Peter Hamby contributed to this report.


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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    He's my governor and I don't like him. I do wish him good health though.

    October 25, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. Doyle Wiley, MI

    I'm sorry, but, I can not believe that.

    October 25, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    Here's to your health, governor: stay well, your kids and your wife need you even more than the country does.

    October 25, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. Woman In California

    Okay. Now let's discuss his mental capacity and his morality.
    Please enlighten us.

    October 25, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  5. What's in that tea anyway?

    Great...He's got insurance....hmmmm ...Conserva-trolls are you voting for this guy?

    October 25, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. Gurgyl

    I told long time ago, he better change to Democratic Party. Nothing wrong. Arline Spector did.

    October 25, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  7. Marie MD

    Yeah, right. After the helicopter ride (some of us don't have to sit in traffic) to watch his son (or daughter) play soccer the NJ bully governor couldn't walk 100 yards. He had to be driven.
    When he talks he wheezes and there's no way we are going to vote for a person of his girth for president because his anger against those who disagree with him (plenty of video on that) would give him a stroke before his first year in office.

    October 25, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  8. Gary

    Now just fix that " Bullying" thing.

    October 25, 2013 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  9. elliott carlin

    Christie's Tony Soprano act was old about 15 minutes ago. Put the Dem next to your name and get it over with.

    October 25, 2013 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  10. Scott

    He is a good man, fair and tells it like it is. He believes in working together. OBama could learn from him, as well as all the other useless Democrats.

    October 26, 2013 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  11. Winston Smith

    Who, or whom paid for the checkup. Bet it was through, and comprehensive. The bill was sent to the taxpayers, and little or no out of pocket expense was incurred. Seems we should all have these rights, even if we're not a politician.

    October 26, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |