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Sea Girt, NJ - Christie To Ex-White House Doctor: 'Shut Up'

Published on: February 6, 2013 07:41 PM
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In this photo released by CBS Broadcasting, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, and late night host David Letterman, right, react with laughter during the Governor's first visit to CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman,” on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 in New York. (AP Photo/CBS Broadcasting, Jeffrey Neira)In this photo released by CBS Broadcasting, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, and late night host David Letterman, right, react with laughter during the Governor’s first visit to CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman,” on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 in New York. (AP Photo/CBS Broadcasting, Jeffrey Neira)

Sea Girt, NJ - Gov. Chris Christie lashed out Wednesday at a former White House doctor who said she worries about the governor dying in office because he is so heavy, telling her to “shut up.”

Dr. Connie Mariano, who served as White House physician from 1992 to 2001, told CNN she’d like to see Christie run for president in 2016 but that he needs to lose weight. She said she worries he could have a heart attack or stroke.

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“I’m worried about this man dying in office,” the doctor, who has a practice in Scottsdale, Ariz., told the network.

During a visit Wednesday to a shore town devastated by Superstorm Sandy, Christie was asked about the doctor’s comments.

Unless Mariano gives him a physical exam and learns his family history, “she should shut up,” the governor said.

His children heard the doctor’s comments, Christie said, and his preteen son asked him if he was going to die.

“She’s just another hack looking for her five minutes,” Christie said.

Christie has never revealed his weight, but he has repeatedly said that keeping it in check has been a longtime struggle.

Christie joked about his girth during an appearance Monday on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” pulling out a doughnut and saying his girth is “fair game” for comedians.

The next day, he spoke frankly about his efforts to lose weight and described himself as “remarkably healthy,” but he also acknowledged his doctor “continues to warn me that my luck is going to run out relatively soon.”

Christie has never released his medical records. He had one health scare during his first term, an asthma attack in the summer of 2011 that sent him to the hospital but did not require him to be admitted. He blamed it on the heat, not his weight.


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 Feb 06, 2013 at 07:58 PM older & wiser Says:

Well said! everyone is minding everybody's business these days. Nobody knows when their last day on earth will be, regardless of their size or health status. Even athletes die young if that is what hashem wants.

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 Feb 06, 2013 at 08:28 PM Anonymous Says:

Sorry, she does not need to exam him in person to diagnose the issue. Christie is morbidly obese.

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 Feb 06, 2013 at 08:42 PM Texas_Eli Says:

What is the yankee obsession with this guy? I don't get it. He couldn't get elected dog catcher with an R next to his name outside of the north-east.

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 Feb 06, 2013 at 09:08 PM A Says:

Good for you Governor Christie! Every mouthpiece in the world thinks they have the right to comment on someone's weight. It's not anyone's business except for immediate family.

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 Feb 06, 2013 at 09:09 PM Agree with Gpv/ Christie Says:

I agree 100% with Gov. Christie. This was a case of a Physician who has never met Gov.Christie, has never examined Gov. Christie, does not have a clue as to his medical history, or to the medical history of his family. Yet, she has the chutzpah, the unmitigating gall, to publicly expound a medical opinion on nationwide television, regarding his health. He was absolutely correct in lambasting her. Incidentally, regarding her tenure as White House Physician to President Clinton, I don't recall her telling Clinton to lay off those fatty hamburgers, and french fries, which caused him problems with blocked arteries. Hence, she should have practiced, what she is now preaching.

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 Feb 06, 2013 at 09:09 PM Anonymous Says:

It doesn't take a brain surgeon (or even a former White House Physician) to take a look at Christie (who is obese by ay medical standard) and know he is a prime candidate for some cardiac event is he is elected to one of the most stressful jobs in the world. If he wants to be in the public domain and seek the nation's highest office, his health is fair game. He has made no visible effort to lose weight and makes jokes about it. This doctor is stating the obvious and is entitled to her opinion, which she made clear exactly that, an opinion. Christie is equally within his rights to ignore her views and tell her to shut up.

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 Feb 06, 2013 at 09:42 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

Doctors have no business speaking to the press in this way.

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 Feb 06, 2013 at 09:44 PM yaakov doe Says:

The Governor can't deny that all that extra weight he carries is dangerous. The chance that a man of his girth could be elected President are nill due to diswcrimination against the obese. If he shed 100 pounds he'd have a chance.

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 Feb 06, 2013 at 10:06 PM monalisa Says:

He's definitely morbidly obese & for no other reason than his family & his own longevity, he should seriously work on losing a significant amount. Having said that, this doctor is not someone I'd ever consult. She has a nerve!! She never examined him & it's surprisingly true, some fat people are healthier than skinny ones. Sadly, I'm definitely overweight & it's very hard to lose it. Clearly, the lure of the White House isn't enough to change Christie's eating habits. If that isn't inspiration (coupled with his family) I don't think anything will get him to shed the pounds.

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 Feb 06, 2013 at 10:06 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
yaakov doe Says:

The Governor can't deny that all that extra weight he carries is dangerous. The chance that a man of his girth could be elected President are nill due to diswcrimination against the obese. If he shed 100 pounds he'd have a chance.

I think nearer 200 is a closer number.

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 Feb 06, 2013 at 11:54 PM Anonymous Says:

Christie is right. It was unethical and unprofessional for a physician to offer a firm opinion on a media station on another persons health. It is clear to anyone that Mr. Christie may have health maladies and his time on earth may or may not be limited by his large girth. That said, he has options and of course, he seems very capable of self managing his life. Diabetes is not an incapacitating illness in its early years and it is manageable by drugs, exercise and sometimes surgery. Mr. Christie is an honest broker for tomorrow.

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 Feb 07, 2013 at 08:21 AM Southerner Says:

Reply to #3  
Texas_Eli Says:

What is the yankee obsession with this guy? I don't get it. He couldn't get elected dog catcher with an R next to his name outside of the north-east.

Not true. Maybe he wouldn't win in Texas but moderates are winning outside of the Northeast. Some examples of current moderate Republican govs.:
Scott Walker in WI
Rick Synder in MI
Brian Sandoval in NV
And more...
Additionally, I think Texans perhaps WOULD like Gov. Christie for his outspokeness and distaste for the establishment, two improtant Southern characteristics.

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 Feb 07, 2013 at 09:02 AM Anonymous Says:

Cheney is not obese but had his first heart attack in his 30s. That didn't stop him from being a heartbeat/lack thereof from the presidency (some say he was actually running the country anyhow).

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 Feb 07, 2013 at 09:28 AM kol Says:

Unfair to be prejudiced against heavy people. Nothing wrong with a President who struggles just like the average man.

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 Feb 07, 2013 at 07:46 PM For Accuracy in Reporting Says:

To #13- You conveniently neglected to mention that prior to his first heart attack, Cheney was chain smoking FOUR packs fo cigarettes a day!

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 Feb 08, 2013 at 08:19 AM Southerner Says:

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kol Says:

Unfair to be prejudiced against heavy people. Nothing wrong with a President who struggles just like the average man.

I actually agree with that... 1/3 of Americans are obese, 2/3 are overweight...
We all have our problems, but with an overweight person it is visible, unfortunately for them. But he is just like many Americans.

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