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. Marla Wenstol

    You might be smaller, but you're still a big pain.

    May 29, 2014 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  2. Mark L.

    Worst case scenario, if Governor Christie is not elected President in 2016, he can always take on a new role as an advertising executive for Goodyear tires. Governor Christie would very easily pass for the Goodyear blimp...LOL...

    May 29, 2014 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. Dino

    he looks as fat as ever-didn't he have some type of surgery? he needs to lay off all the free cakes, cookies and pies at all these functions and meetings.

    May 29, 2014 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. Maria Rivera-Carvalho

    In more ways than one.

    May 29, 2014 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. greenaxe

    I think it is commendable that Christie is making an effort to help himself. On another note, he is a little too beligerent to be a POTUS. Fit maybe, but not for presidency.

    May 29, 2014 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  6. jcs6

    Compared to a whale...sure.

    As soon as that lapband comes out he's going to balloon right back up like the glutton he is.

    May 29, 2014 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  7. LouieD2

    I think that once Christie starts campaigning to be the Republican nominee in 2016, he'll find that he was never as big as he thought he was.

    May 29, 2014 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. Randy, San Francisco

    His ego needs some shrinking as well.

    May 29, 2014 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  9. Kevin

    They could not find a recent photo of him?

    May 29, 2014 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  10. WHAT!?!

    John Paul Jones, funny thing how today's politicians are much like a used car sales man, I have been making this reference for most of my adult life. The US should make some kind of move to gain more respectable people as leaders but most respectable people don't want anything to do with politics these days. Ross Perot was more of a regular hard working kind of guy, no fast talking, straight to the point, and he dropped out of that circus fast.

    May 29, 2014 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  11. Lily

    Christie should thank the problems he has in New Jersey. They have also played a part in his weight reduction. Sometimes bad is good and good is bad!

    May 29, 2014 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. jonjojr

    "Rome wasn't unbuilt in a day," what an interesting response by a Progressive GOP A.k.a. Democrat

    May 29, 2014 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  13. Dark Poet

    I'm sorry I don't see it. Still looks like he has a long way to go.

    May 29, 2014 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  14. boof

    yes, you are a lot smaller....than a house. good lord, what a lard.

    May 29, 2014 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  15. Yakobi

    It's sad how the left are more interested in Christie's waistline than the scandals plaguing Hillary and Obama. But then, they never are very bright. "Style over substance" is their motto; that's how Slick Willie got elected twice.

    May 29, 2014 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  16. Thomas Russo III

    The most important news from the Stafford Town Hall, which I attended, was not the Governor's weight loss, as important a health achievement as that is, but rather his announcement that his administration had received federal HUD approval: (a) that week, for release of Sandy Recovery funds, which would allow an estimated 3,000 primary resident homeowners, and presumably other program applicants, to receive recovery checks; and (b) that morning, commitment to a third round of Sandy Recovery funds, which would allow about 3,000 more primary homeowners to come off the waiting list and undergo environmental review as a condition of recovery checks - which essentially means full funding for affected non-secondary homeowners. While CNN may apparently think these announcements are not entertaining enough to be mentioned in your article, the recovery funds involved are critical to the lives and livelihoods of residents of the Jersey Shore and the local, State, and regional economies. CNN might acknowledge those facts in its news coverage.

    May 29, 2014 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  17. Chris

    this man should just do some exercise.

    May 29, 2014 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  18. Jim DB

    He's still grotesque!

    May 29, 2014 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  19. Bridge Authority

    If he's talking about his prospects for being President and his power in the conservative movement, then yes, he is smaller.

    May 29, 2014 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  20. Rasputin1

    Still too big to fit through the toll booth on that jam packed expressway.

    May 29, 2014 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  21. samuel1956

    I'm guessing he got that from Mrs. Christie...and she wasn't talking about his physique either.

    May 29, 2014 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  22. idiotusmaximus

    Christie: 'I am much smaller now'...............

    The problem is your body might now be in proportion to your brain but your brain is too will never get you to the presidency.

    May 29, 2014 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  23. samuel1956

    I'm guessing he repeated something Mrs. Christie told him last night...but it had nothing to do with his physique.

    May 29, 2014 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  24. John

    Everyone becomes a smaller man when they join the Republican Party.

    May 29, 2014 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  25. ALLuh

    Said the tub of lard GOP scamming swindler

    May 29, 2014 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
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