Christie: 'I am much smaller now'
May 28th, 2014
06:08 PM ET
8 years 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."

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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. Dantes

    He sure is. The incredible shrinking presidential wannabe.

    May 28, 2014 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  2. penny burke

    Most of his FAT is between his ears. Is there a Lap band for that ????

    May 28, 2014 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  3. Bob

    He still looks like Humpty-Dumpty.

    May 28, 2014 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  4. Todd P.

    And much less likely to ever be the Republican nominee for President.....

    May 28, 2014 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  5. umbra29

    Christie has always been a very 'small' man, in a very large frame.

    May 28, 2014 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  6. S

    Fat Democrat.

    May 28, 2014 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    a fat slob rino who would make a lousy President.

    May 28, 2014 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |

    Chris Christie is a good governor and will hold folks accountable for bad performance and demands fair level headed smart policy that is good and just for america and ALL PPL.s

    May 28, 2014 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  9. carlos

    "I am much smaller now than I used to be"

    He's right. He's proven himself much too small to be POTUS

    May 28, 2014 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  10. Smitty

    Good for him, unlike the left he rises to a challenge and isn't hiding behind the wookie. . Not a Christie fan but give credit, he has accomplished more by losing weight than the whole Obumbles admin in 6 years !!!! Go left start making excuses for Obumbles and company!!!

    May 28, 2014 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  11. Jimmeh

    I don't know about that... RINOs are pretty big

    May 28, 2014 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  12. Thomas

    What a set up question . Why didn't she ask him about Hoboken and the mayor ?

    A little over a year ago, Christie revealed that he underwent lap-band surgery for his obesity thanks to Obama Care .

    Why not change diet , ride a bike and practice yoga ?

    May 28, 2014 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  13. HAM

    He is a large fellow....

    May 28, 2014 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  14. FPrefect

    Good for him. Now if he can only do something about his lack of a moral core.

    May 28, 2014 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  15. Marie MD

    Thanks CNNi needed he laugh today.

    May 28, 2014 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  16. ChrisM

    lol, sure you are Christie , but for sure your chances of becoming President of the U.S. is Much, Much smaller

    May 28, 2014 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  17. Leftcoastrocky

    How much has he lost? What does he weigh now?

    May 28, 2014 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  18. gunnyginalaska

    Still a big government gun-grabbing RINO clown from the Toxic Waste State.

    May 28, 2014 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  19. Marc Winger

    Sorry, Libs. He'll never be the GOP nominee. LOL We all know that you're hoping so, so Hillary will actually have a 50/50 chance, if she decides to go for it. Which is doubtful.

    May 28, 2014 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  20. dennis milam

    NOTICE: Christie has always been small...just not in stature.

    May 28, 2014 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  21. Rick McDaniel

    Well.......that IS a matter of know?

    May 28, 2014 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  22. S. B. Stein

    He claims he's on a budget. I think that he is on a budget that doesn't include all those promises and laws that are in the books like contracts that he signed off on including payments to the pension system. If he can't be trusted to do that, how can he be believed or trusted to do anything else?

    May 28, 2014 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  23. Nameshmuel gal

    Plenty of problems in New Jersey -please finish 2nd gubernatorial term !!! The garden state needs this leadership

    May 28, 2014 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  24. Tom

    He's always been small.

    May 28, 2014 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  25. Randall

    Well small guy, go away then.

    May 28, 2014 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
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