Christie: My weight no barrier to White House

It was the question Barbara Walters called the elephant in the room: Is Chris Christie too fat to be president?

The New Jersey governor says he is “more than a little” overweight — but fit enough to be in the White House.

The Republican is believed to weigh about 25st and Walters told him some people say he is too heavy to be president.

“That’s ridiculous,” Christie said. “I don’t know what the basis for that is.”

Walters said worries about his health were the reason for the concern. The governor then pointed to his widely praised handling of Superstorm Sandy.

“I’ve done this job pretty well, and I think people watched me for the last number of weeks and Hurricane Sandy doing 18-hour days and getting right back up the next day and still being just as effective in the job,” he said. “So I don’t really think that would be a problem.”

If Christie is thinking about making a bid for the White House in 2016, he isn’t saying: “I don’t know what I’ll feel like in 2016.”



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