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. Marie MD

    @bill, IL. Benghazi happened the bridge gate was created. There's nothing here to see or reinvestigate so keep on driving.
    Where you upset and mouthing off when over 50 Americans were killed during the shrub #43 administration? What about the Marines during your demi Hollywood Reagan sleep thought 8 years? Those, of course, do NOT include the thousands killed or maimed by the bush administration's war lie!

    May 29, 2014 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  2. Matt

    CC has been one of the better Governors of our state. The problems he is trying to fix didn't happen over night and won't be fixed until he has a State Legislature that will get out of it's denial phase. He has managed to slow the bleeding but I suspect it will continue at a fast bleed once he leaves office. I am glad he is trying to take care of himself though!

    May 29, 2014 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  3. semper fi

    Good example for government. GET SMALLER.

    May 29, 2014 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  4. chickenphil

    I thought they were talking about his poll numbers

    May 29, 2014 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  5. Chuck Monroe

    Literally and figuratively.

    May 29, 2014 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  6. Anonymous

    "The problems he is trying to fix didn't happen over night and won't be fixed until he has a State Legislature that will get out of it's denial phase. He has managed to slow the bleeding but I suspect it will continue at a fast bleed once he leaves office"

    Now where have we heard this before ... wait for it ... wait for it: oh yea ... the national economic discussion for the past 5 years. Only a Republican would turn so completely hypocritical as Christie has. Denial phase indeed. We shouldn't hold Christie to a lower standard than the President of the United States, now should we? Christie being the low man on the totem pole as he is in comparison with only the one state to address while the POTUS has the entire country to address.

    May 29, 2014 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  7. Smeagel4T

    It's interesting to notice how the one generally popular Republican governor is the one held in check by a Democratic legislature. It stopped him from being too "Republican" and demonstrating their inner demons. I'd "consider" voting for Christie if I knew for sure he would have a Democratic congress, but there is no such assurance. Christie shows every sign of becoming a typical Republican extremist if he was given a Republican congress to work with.

    May 29, 2014 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  8. kassandralewis

    still looks like a baby elephant to me. what about that double -chin. #gross #disgusting

    May 29, 2014 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  9. aj

    Taft was huge and he was an okay president. People need to back off Christie's weight. I care about his policies, not what he does in his personal life. Like the bridge traffic scandal. That's much more important than what he eats at meal time.

    May 29, 2014 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  10. Jim

    I have no problem with small governemnt. Republicans just want to shrink the wrong things, and eliminate protections for average Americans in favor of the rich. If you want to do it, do it right.

    May 29, 2014 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  11. Guy

    Usually when you remove excess weight you look larger, usually that lower belly fat makes it look smaller. Hmm, guess he never measured up.

    May 29, 2014 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  12. oh please

    loosing the weight wont keep you from being ugly still dude, it just makes your ugliness more in the forefront

    May 29, 2014 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  13. lexingtonbobby

    Doesn't matter how small he gets (he's still a walking M.I., in size) he's a walking disaster waiting to happen. His emotional instability would be terrible in the White House. He throws tantrums at the drop of a hat, this guy is just unstable emotionally and physically. The GOP is hurting enough, they will never nominate this guy. It would be begging for a defeat.

    May 29, 2014 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  14. mike

    He is still a Repubican bully !!!!!

    May 29, 2014 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. TLORop

    40 lbs down 187 to go.

    May 29, 2014 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  16. Jim

    Christie, you are still a RINO. No amount of lapband wallpaper can erase your history of left wing political thinking. You are not by any definition conservative. Maybe Hillary will call you soon and offer you the VP slot on her ticket?

    May 29, 2014 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  17. elucidated1

    I ccannot wait until the first GOP PRes debate. II'm sure that Rand Paul, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz and Benn Carson are going to be so civil.

    May 29, 2014 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  18. JonB

    I just took a look at the comments here. Ah, yes. The enlightened left is on full display today....

    May 29, 2014 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. Gifsy

    Good But Small Or No Small Action Matters

    May 29, 2014 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  20. Steve

    Good job Mr. Christie. Lots of hatists on this site though. Just ignore the ignoramus' on the left though. They are incapable of true love or compassion for others. Hatists from the left are the most vile and disgusting people on this Earth.

    May 29, 2014 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  21. Marcus

    Oh, I thought he was talking about his brain.

    May 29, 2014 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  22. Rockymtnhi

    I hope his mouth gets smaller and his support for the KOCH BROTHERS too! but OH he likes the BIG donations he is a republican. The only small number he likes is the 1%....

    May 29, 2014 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. John Paul Jones

    He looks like a used car salesman.........worthless hunk of crap

    May 29, 2014 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  24. exkwco

    Fatman needs to take a lesson from what happened to his influence, Dick Nixon, and come clean on his Ft. Lee/Bridgegate involvement.

    May 29, 2014 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  25. Bill Davis

    He is smaller, he has been beat on many times, so he is much shorter

    May 29, 2014 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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