He revealed that he underwent a gastric procedure in February to curb his weight in order to live long enough to watch his four children grow up. Christie, who has struggled with obesity for much of his adult life, underwent lap band surgery in February to reduce the size of his stomach, at the urging of his wife and children, his press secretary said May 7, 2013.
“I still have two children in elementary school one in sixth grade and one in fourth grade, so I’m in this father business for a while and I hope someday God willing to be in the grandfather business,” Christie said at a Newark press conference.
He attempted to shoot down whispers in political circles that the secret surgery was as much about the White House as it is his waistband.
"It's not a career issue for me, it's a long-term health issue for me," Christie insisted. “I turned 50 years old and it made me think..
But the surgery clearly has ramifications for another election three Novembers later. No one as overweight as Christie has ever come close to winning the presidency in the age of television.
“Whether we like to admit it or not, appearance does matter in political contests,” said Prof. Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia. “Moreover, there are legitimate health concerns about the pressures of the White House on someone who is undeniably obese.”
Though Lyndon Johnson and Bill Clinton each battled fluxuating weight while in office, the last truly overweight president was William Howard Taft, who was elected in 1908.
Christie faces re-election this year but in the wake of his lauded response to Hurricane Sandy, he appears to be a safe bet to win another term in Trenton.. Christie, who has struggled with obesity for much of his adult life, underwent lap band surgery in February to reduce the size of his stomach, at the urging of his wife and children, his press secretary said May 7, 2013.
He has already lost 30 pounds since the surgery, an out-patient procedure which involved placing a tube around the his stomach to limit food intake.
Side Bar: Comparing the 2 pics, I don't see the difference either!