In an interview last night with ABC’s Barbara Walters, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie answered questions about his weight, specifically as it may apply to a future presidential run. Walters interviewed Christie after naming him one of the 10 most fascinating people of 2012.
The Republican governor gained more national notoriety than ever this year after his involvement in Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign and his handling of Hurricane Sandy. Christie’s response to Walter’s question about whether his weight would damage future presidential prospects was succinct – “that’s ridiculous.” Walters pressed on, saying that voters could be concerned about Christie’s health, but he deflected, pointing to the long hours and intensity of his current position as proof that he could handle the commander-in-chief role.
How fit does the president need to be? Could Christie’s weight limit his ability to effectively do the job? Even if his health wasn’t an issue, could Christie’s weight affect his electability? In 2008, there was some speculation about whether Barack Obama was too thin to be relatable – could a Christie campaign inspire similar sentiment? Should a candidate’s weight be a topic of discussion, or is it irrelevant?
David Chmiel, Senior Political Reporter, NJ.com