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|Does Governor Christie weigh 400 pounds?|
By VICTOR E. SASSON
Last week, The Record and other media again were abuzz about Christie's White House ambitions. But no one has addressed whether the obese governor is healthy enough for a nationwide campaign for the GOP presidential nomination.
In a recent late-night TV monologue, comedian David Letterman guessed Christie weighs 400 pounds.
I'm assuming Fletcher's quotes are correct, because she made a big boo-boo in the second paragraph of her July 29 story that none of the highly paid editors caught -- calling the asthma attack "his first health scare since he took office in late 2009."
Of course, Christie wasn't inaugurated until January 2010. Maybe, she's talking about the transition.
I called the governor's Press Office in Trenton on Friday and asked to speak to someone about the governor's health. I eventually got a "press assistant," who told me I couldn't call her a spokesman or attribute any quotes to her.
When I mentioned the governor said in July he had urged his staff to release "a complete download of all the medical results," she said she doubted that.
After finding the article on NorthJersey.com, calling her back and quoting from it, she said I would have to e-mail Michael Drewniak, the governor's press secretary. I did so on Friday, and haven't received an acknowledgement or answers to my questions.
Elephant in newsroom
The Record and other media have virtually ignored the issue of Christie's weight nor have they reported whether his administration is doing anything to combat obesity in New Jersey.
In fact, I recall Christie cut school-nutrition programs for low-income children during budget battles with Democrats in the Legislature.
The Garden State's First Family is a Fat Family, from the photos I've seen of Christie; his wife, Mary Pat Christie, and one of their sons. All I know about Christie's diet is he favors beer and pizza.
The first lady has launched a campaign against hunger in New Jersey, but has ignored obesity.
She also complained a new rail station in Manhattan would have forced her to walk too far to make her subway connection -- one of the factors Christie cited in killing the Hudson River tunnels in October 2010.
I've seen an occasional article reporting the governor is working out with a trainer or is on a diet, but no details have been forthcoming.
In the days after he said the "medical results" of his eight-hour hospitalization were available, I never saw anything about them in The Record.
Chris-P-Creme Christie and several previous governors of NJ stole money from the Police/Fire/Teachers Pension fund and used it elsewhere to reduce taxes. The result? The pension system was severely underfunded by these thefts. The members of the pension had always paid their share into the fund as it was deducted automatically by their employers from their pay. All these pension members took their jobs (at modest or low paying salaries) with the guarantee that there would be a cost of living (COLA) built into their pensions, and there was, for the last fifty years, until Christie and Democratic Senate President Sweeney voted to eliminate the cost of living from the retiree’s pensions. Those retirees depend on that pension to buy food, pay their tax’s, mortgages, rent, utilities, and now suddenly lost the COLA which means in about 10 years when all of those retirees are on their 70′s and older, those pensions will be worthless……and you would vote for a man who did this to the public servants of New Jersey? What would he do to the rest of the country, end your social security benefits, your private pensions?P.S. What kind of leadership can a man have who is so obese and unable to control his own appetite?