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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie claps while giving his State of the State address in the assembly chamber in Trenton, New Jersey, January 8, 2013. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

 

(Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie responded angrily on Wednesday to a former White House physician’s comment that he could die in office if he does not lose weight, calling the doctor a “hack” for offering advice without examining him.

Connie Mariano, a doctor in the White House medical unit from 1992 to 2001, said in an interview on CNN that Christie, a blunt-spoken Republican who is seen as a strong contender if he decides to run for president in 2016, risks a heart attack or a stroke if he does not slim down.

“It’s almost like a time bomb waiting to happen unless he addresses those issues before running for office,” Mariano said.

Asked about the comments on Wednesday, Christie, who has spoken openly about his struggle to lose weight, said Mariano was out of line.

“I find it fascinating that a doctor in Arizona who has never met me, never examined me, never reviewed my medical history or records, knows nothing about my family history, could make a diagnosis from 2,400 miles away. She must be a genius,” Christie said, adding: “My children saw that.”

He called Mariano “just another hack who wants five minutes on TV.”

Mariano’s comments came after Christie appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman and poked fun at his own size – producing a donut while Letterman was mid-joke.

“I’m basically the healthiest fat guy you’ve ever seen in your life,” Christie said.

more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/07/us-usa-christie-weight-idUSBRE91602R20130207

» 35 Comments

  1. Jerry Manderin

    February 7th, 2013

    She obviously hit Krispy Kreme below the wide belt.

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  2. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    February 7th, 2013

    “Connie Mariano, a doctor in the White House medical unit from 1992 to 2001″

    Connie? Working for Clinton? I’m surprised she wasn’t poisoned by Hillary. Must be a dog (sorry, Boobie), since there’s no picture of her on the internet (but Huffpo calls her “she.”)

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  3. thirdtwin

    February 7th, 2013

    “I find it fascinating that a doctor …who has never met me, never examined me, never reviewed my medical history or records, knows nothing about my family history, could make a diagnosis from 2,400 miles away”

    I think a lot of us will be saying that when then Death Panels ramp up.

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  4. Anonymous

    February 7th, 2013

    Note to Cripsy:
    Hey fatso, a doctor doesn’t have to meet you, or care what a great guy you are, to state the simple fact that your life expectancy is shorter, and in a high stress/long hours job (ie, a non-obozo Presidency) the possibility that YOU explode, is greater than it is for normal sized folks.

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  5. persecutor

    February 7th, 2013

    Krispy Kreme is a quadruple by-pass in the waiting. You don’t need to be a medical school graduate to figure that one out.

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  6. Anonymous

    February 7th, 2013

    ““I’m basically the healthiest fat guy you’ve ever seen in your life,” Christie said.”

    Well you’re certainly the least likeable fat guy.
    Give me your address so I can send you 2 doz more doughnuts.

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  7. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    February 7th, 2013

    A little research– She’s a Filipina, not poisoned by Hillary but made a Rear Admiral by her.

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  8. Anonymous

    February 7th, 2013

    NB: never ever get between a fat man and his political ambitions. or his doughnuts

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  9. Stirrin the B.S.

    February 7th, 2013

    Why am I getting pop-up ads for gastric bypass surgery? Oh yeaahhhh, the all-knowing ad tracker reads the thread title but doesn’t know who is reading the ad. I guess that’s why they call it artificial intelligence.

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  10. 300+

    February 7th, 2013

    The ideal weight

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  11. MaryfromMarin

    February 7th, 2013

    @Stirrin–

    My pop-up is “Fix Your Thyroid == Lose Weight!” There’s nothing wrong with my thyroid or my weight, so you’re right: it’s tracking by the title of the thread. Thank goodness I’m not reading about Islamic beheadings (“Dandruff getting you down? Try [No] Head and Shoulders!”

    I hate these pop-ups. They obstruct some of the Bullpen text and the recent reader comments. They just recently showed up, too–never had them here before, and they don’t appear on any other sites I visit.

    ???

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  12. Houston

    February 7th, 2013

    Doctor! Get in mah bellah!!!

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  13. Claudia

    February 7th, 2013

    Pop-up ads pay the bills.

    I know they are irritating, but I just move the content above the ad and then it’s ok.

    Sometimes I click on some of the ads because that adds to the “click-throughs” and pays more bills. At least that is the way it worked when I was a webmaster (many moons ago).

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  14. MaryfromMarin

    February 7th, 2013

    @claudia–

    Okay, “attitude check” time (if I do it like Mike Edwards in “Red Storm Rising”, it’ll make me feel better.)

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  15. um, seriously?

    February 7th, 2013

    Ariel Sharon – also a fatty – claimed he was healthy before his stroke in 2006. go figure.

    http://www.webmd.com/stroke/news/20060104/israels-ariel-sharon-suffers-stroke

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  16. Corky

    February 7th, 2013

    I see the good doctor didn’t mention a certain President’s smoking habit.

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  17. norman einstein

    February 7th, 2013

    “I’m basically the healthiest fat guy you’ve ever seen in your life,” Christie said.

    “healthiest fat guy” is an oxymoron, you moron.

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  18. Stranded in Sonoma

    February 7th, 2013

    Thank goodness I’m not reading about Islamic beheadings (Dandruff getting you down?)

    BWAHAhahahahahahaha!

    Mary, you are a gem!

    As for the ads, I use Chrome and AdBlock but I allow the ads on IOTW to go through. I enjoy this site and want to continue commenting here. So, the ads are not all that intrusive and, like Claudia, I click through to them sometimes to make sure there is a bit more revenue for IOTW. I do this for any blogger that I feel deserves the revenue because I visit their site regularly.

    My gripe is when I click on a link to some news site and I have to wait while every video on that page loads, including the static and video ads, so I can read what I wanted to read. Yeah, I know it’s the same idea as IOTW but I visit those news sites once every blue moon. I visit IOTW every day.

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  19. Stranded in Sonoma

    February 7th, 2013

    @Corky — That’s what I was thinking! I expected the good doctor to recommend Creamy take up smoking to be more presidential.

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  20. sablegsd

    February 7th, 2013

    He could die in 5 minutes and I couldn’t manage to give a fuck. I would like to see the size of the casket though.

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  21. Tim

    February 7th, 2013

    OK. Why was Dr. Mariano blathering on about Gov. Krispie, anyway?

    Did some maggot on CNN ask her about Gov. Krispie, or did she offer her opinion unasked?

    Reads like some weird preemptive strike.

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  22. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    February 7th, 2013

    LOL you guys. :)

    Look, not that I wish diabetes on him and I know diabetes is about genes, not sugar- But
    sometimes I look at him being 300 plus pounds and breathing like he just ran a race, and I’m over here wearing a size 4 but EYE have diabetes. Nature is weird. And a crunt. lol.

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  23. Necrophidius

    February 7th, 2013

    Hey FAT boy! Your FAT! You are one unhealthy FAT tub of goo. I guess your brain in compressed from all that FAT in your head as well. I’ve put on some extra weight lately and I feel unhealthy. Rino piece of shit.

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  24. Tim

    February 7th, 2013

    300 pounds?

    Hell, one of his hind legs weighs 300 pounds.

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  25. MaryfromMarin

    February 7th, 2013

    @MJA–

    I could make some comment about diabetes being nature’s revenge on you being a SIZE 4, but that wouldn’t be nice.

    Seriously, I’m sorry about the diabetes. A close relative has that, and it’s a pain for her to manage. Hope yours is not at that stage. (Is all that related to the old AP s-n, BTW?) (Wasn’t that an interesting collection of single letters?)

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  26. MaryfromMarin

    February 7th, 2013

    @Stranded–

    Thank you, glad you liked it (it suggested itself).

    Idle thought: could lead to an interesting iOTW contest, but perhaps too complex to describe?

    Someday someone in my immediate–i.e., personal space–vicinity will explain Chrome and AdBlock to me. Until then, “attitude check” will have to suffice.

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  27. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    February 7th, 2013

    Thanks, Mary-
    It’s more frustrating than anything. So far, I’ve been lucky *knocks head* knock on wood. lol

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  28. MaryfromMarin

    February 7th, 2013

    Take care, @MJA, and watch your blood count.

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  29. Mark Zist

    February 7th, 2013

    She must have insulted him before lunch.

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  30. Dan Ryan Galt

    February 7th, 2013

    Okay, so being a fat slob like Christie should cause him to pay a higher insurance premium right?

    Come 2014, they’ll be chaining his sorry butt to a tread mill with a doughnut on a stick hanging out in front of him.

    I’m clickin on those ads every visit Claudia.

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  31. Kris Krispy Kreme

    February 7th, 2013

    I simply don’t get it!

    Everyone worries about morbid obesity but me. I didn’t get to be a voluptuous age 50 without mucho pigouts at the trough – I mean without eating maybe a little more than Moochelle, my fave 1st food czar.

    Next, as my Preezyduncy fast approaches, they’ll be picking on my initials, and I’m sayin’ it now: they are strictly OFF LIMITS!!!

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  32. F.D.R. in Hell

    February 7th, 2013

    Eleanor, LOOK! The HINDENBURG is still in New Jersey!

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  33. Eleanor in Hell

    February 7th, 2013

    Connie gets the last laugh when that blimp hits the mooring mast at Lakehurst and crash lands down here.

    Watch. :evil:

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  34. Bad Brad

    February 8th, 2013

    Dead man walking.

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  35. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    February 8th, 2013

    Mary- Oh yeah AP haha. I forgot about that. And yeah, that’s why I used it.
    I hope your relative figures out what to do to get the diabetes under control. There’s no one size fits all, unfortunately, when it comes to solving diabetic issues. I’m type 1 and use a ball & chain. (Insulin pump) :)

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