Christie: 'I am much smaller now'
May 28th, 2014
06:08 PM ET
5 months ago

Christie: 'I am much smaller now'

(CNN) – Gov. Chris Christie is getting some compliments about his shrinking waist line.

After filing a complaint with Christie at a town hall Wednesday in Ocean County, New Jersey, one woman told the Republican governor he looks a lot "smaller."

"Let's not be totally unfair, I am much smaller now than I used to be," he said. "I used to be bigger."

A little over a year ago, Christie revealed that he underwent lap-band surgery a few months prior, in February 2013.

The governor, who's thinking about running for president, said Wednesday that his wife tells him he needs to buy new suits.

"But I'm on a budget," he added. "I gotta be careful, you know?"

Not long after that, another woman prefaced her question to the governor with some more affirmation.

"By the way, you do look fantastic," she said.

"God bless you," he said in return, as the audience applauded. "I love coming to Ocean County."

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In February, he received a similar compliment at a town hall.

"Rome wasn't unbuilt in a day," he responded.

While he may be losing weight, he still gets ribbed from time to time about his size. Comedian Joel McHale made multiple jokes about the governor at the White House Correspondents Dinner.

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CNN's Ashley Killough and Steve Kastenbaum contributed to this report.


Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
soundoff (161 Responses)
  1. joe doherty

    this man is a complete joke, a silly man and any one that thinks this is the type of man it takes to run the country needs there head to be examined.

    May 29, 2014 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  2. JHL

    Diminished would be another way to describe Christie.

    May 29, 2014 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  3. Mike S. New Orleans

    Vote for me. I'm smaller.

    May 29, 2014 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  4. Mark P

    He's definitely smaller now. Also, it appears that he's lost some weight.

    May 29, 2014 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. MC

    Smaller than what?

    May 29, 2014 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. RGD

    Wow, that's not a flattering photo, and not just his waistline. The posture, expression, etc........not exactly presidential. But hey, what does it matter what he looks like? The real question is can he run a bridge smoothly?

    May 29, 2014 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  7. ImALadyToo

    I feel sorry for anyone who struggles with weight. There are obviously issues that Christie needs to deal with before he can really become successful with his weight loss.

    May 29, 2014 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  8. happynurse

    still wont vote for him

    May 29, 2014 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  9. Pax

    but not his ego

    May 29, 2014 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  10. Nick

    Good for him. It takes a lot of effort to slim down, even with surgery.

    May 29, 2014 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  11. rscalzo

    So that's his only success of his term? Even that was artificially induced.

    May 29, 2014 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  12. qsmurf

    Oh he's smaller....aw forget it – just too easy!

    May 29, 2014 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  13. IcemanCometh

    Of course Christy is smaller – that is what happens when go to the Jersey shore and stand in the water. That is what is called shrinkage. Seesh even George Costanza about shrinkage.

    May 29, 2014 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  14. albert yester

    The dimocrats seem to working awfully hard to discredit someone that they say is already out of the race. Christie will probably be the next President of the United States of America.

    May 29, 2014 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  15. mike l

    Christie is guilty of mismanagement of funds (SANDY) He more than likely had a heavy hand in the Bridge problems and is a bully. He needs to be charged.

    May 29, 2014 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  16. Rick

    he looks just as big as he always has, IMO.

    May 29, 2014 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  17. Mark

    Poor Christie and McCain. Hillary can take 6 mo to recover from a brain injury and no longer see straight but you have a different standard

    May 29, 2014 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  18. Barack Obama

    Be nice Joe Doherty. I mean, the American people did elect me...twice?

    May 29, 2014 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  19. Padric2

    Is he going to use this to personify smaller government?

    May 29, 2014 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  20. tim

    haha is he trying to say that size matters now – after all the centuries we have been hearing to the contrary? he IS a small man in every way and more. his significance is much smaller, thankfully.

    May 29, 2014 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  21. Simplefaith

    It doesn't matter how small he is, I would not vote for the man because he threw his people under the bus for doing as he demanded. He let his own people take the fall. He is not to be trusted. Period.

    May 29, 2014 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  22. Chris P

    I was the woman who told Governor Christie that he looked fantastic. I was at his 100th town hall meeting the year before at St. Mary's and what a difference a year made, it was quite noticeable his weight loss and he was looked good. Give credit where credit is due.

    May 29, 2014 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    if you say something enough times you can actually believe it
    but I for one do not see any difference

    May 29, 2014 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  24. Scott

    Good for Christie! I hope he runs for president. He'd be a refreshing change from the last 6 horrible years

    May 29, 2014 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  25. ItSoNlYmE

    So what Chris? Lots of people who aren't qualified to be dog catcher (like you) have lost weight. Good on ya for losing weight, but it doesn't make me want to vote for you.

    May 29, 2014 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
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