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. Telfish

    I wish he would disappear altogether.

    May 29, 2014 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  2. Claude

    The main thing that's been shrinking is Christie's chances of having a political future beyond governor of NJ.

    May 29, 2014 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  3. works4me

    Yea... smaller AND irrelevant

    May 29, 2014 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  4. ES

    Krispy is done. No presidential run for him.

    May 29, 2014 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  5. Lewis

    Despite everything, good for him. More overweight Americans should follow his example and do more to stay healthy. I hope he loses more weight.

    May 29, 2014 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  6. HorseWithTooManyNames

    He's just like Ant Man. You need a microscope to see him now.

    May 29, 2014 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  7. liz

    He is much smaller unfortunately that does not mean better.

    May 29, 2014 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  8. SweePee

    I don't care about his size; The fact that bothers me is that he is a huge, vinDICKtive Dangerous Man.

    May 29, 2014 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  9. rob

    so now he is merely elephantine, not blue whale-esq.

    May 29, 2014 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  10. Kaymichigan

    Good for you, Chris, but you still lost any chance you might have had to be President thanks to the bridge incident. A lot of people didn't like you anyway and now they have lots of reasons to pass you over.

    It's starting to look as if the GOP is going to have another election where all of their candidates stink and they end up nominating the one they hate the least.

    May 29, 2014 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  11. Chuck

    She was drinking the Kool-Aid

    May 29, 2014 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  12. A Citizen

    Ah, but he has always been a small person.

    May 29, 2014 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  13. Big Bob

    The bridge incident was contrived by the media. All of the attention and all of the money wasted and they have nothing, Except having discredited him as a viable candidate. You kids laugh at this, but continued one-party rule is good for no one.

    May 29, 2014 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  14. Solomon Walker

    So, how's that traffic problem coming along in the State of NJ, "Slim" Christie?

    May 29, 2014 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  15. Steve

    Looks unusual to have him fenced off in a corral like a head of cattle, or is it appropriate. The comments were obviously planted.

    May 29, 2014 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  16. Just for one day....

    I wouldn't rule out Christie for 2016...he has an amazing way to insult and upset people and then suddenly rebound–he's been doing it for a long time...and the Repubs don't exactly have a stable of good candidates... Rand Paul? nah...Rubio? never....Jeb Bush? hmmmm, ok but BORING.....that forgettable southern preacher cracker on Fox? no way.....

    Nah, I think Christie figures Bridgegate blows over, he dishes 50 pounds and he rolls into DC ...literally.

    May 29, 2014 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  17. richard alevizos

    Yes, he is smaller, but which part of him? And even so, he still can't look own to see himself without using a mirror. Luncheon bruncheon buffet browsing burrocrat. Explains the fat. Heck, he couldn't even take a selfie and get himself all in on one photo!

    May 29, 2014 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  18. MC

    Still 50lbs of manure in a 10lb bag.

    May 29, 2014 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  19. Mike S., New Orleans

    After he loses the presidential election, he'd be a perfect contestant on The Biggest Loser. I can't wait to see him in the Temptation Challenge.

    May 29, 2014 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  20. LR

    His mouth will always be big.

    May 29, 2014 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  21. James Barkeep

    I like Christie but he'll never be President. The former prosecutor has far too many skeletons. However, his competition includes flat earth creationists, brillo pad head, wackjob Cruz, and other terribly stupid GOPers.

    May 29, 2014 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  22. Mark

    Nope...still fat.

    May 29, 2014 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  23. Bill, Bloomington Il

    Benghazi doesnt matter but the bridge traffic does?

    May 29, 2014 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  24. bev

    He wasn't talking about his good ole boy bloated ego there was he? Darn..

    May 29, 2014 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  25. mike in NH

    Amazing how the welcome diversity crowd are the most vicious with people they don't like.

    May 29, 2014 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
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