New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has said family considerations drove him to have weight-loss surgery. Turns out there was a more visible reason, too, one that affects a lot of us who struggle with our weight: He couldn’t fit into his clothes.
Christie, a Republican running for a second term in November, disclosed last week that he had gastric banding surgery in February.
“The things that really got me down, the moments where I would say to myself, ‘Why can’t I beat this? Why can’t I do better?’, it would be when I’d be going out with Mary Pat (his wife) on a Friday night or Saturday night,” he told a Princeton audience Tuesday night, according to The Record.
“I’d be changing out of my professional clothes … and would go to casual clothes that I didn’t wear a lot, and then something wouldn’t fit,” Christie said.
The governor was at a Barnes & Noble bookstore to help MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski promote her new book, Obsession, which deals with food addiction. Brzezinski’s book includes an interview with Christie, done well before the disclosure about his weight-loss surgery.
Although Christie has at times been self-deprecating about his weight, he could get equally frustrated at the attention it drew. Last week, he took questions for 40 minutes about the surgery, which the governor said amounted to a fascination that was “ridiculous and silly.”
Christie told the bookstore audience that he often hears from people who don’t get why it’s been so hard for him to lose weight. “It’s not as simple as, ‘Push yourself away from the table and you’ll be fine,’ ” he said. From usatoday.