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Chris Christie Reveals His Weight-Loss Surgery

New Jersey's governor underwent lap-band surgery as part of his 20-year struggle with food.

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By Will Godfrey

05/07/13

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New Jersey's high-profile governor Chris Christie has revealed that he underwent lap-band stomach surgery in February in an effort to slim down. “I’ve struggled with this issue for 20 years,” he tells the New York Post. “For me, this is about turning 50 [which he did last September] and looking at my children and wanting to be there for them.” Inevitably, the disclosure is fueling speculation of a 2016 presidential bid. “This means he’s running for president," claims one "top political donor" quoted by the Post. "He’s showing people he can get his weight in control. It was the one thing holding him back.” 

Christie, who allegedly checked in for surgery under a false name, says he's already feeling the benefits of the procedure, which involves placing a silicone tube around the top of the stomach to restrict its capacity: "A week or two ago, I went to a steakhouse and ordered a steak and ate about a third of it and I was full.” Although Christie has stopped short of identifying as a food "addict," he made some telling remarks in an interview with ABC's Nightline last year. "I think there’s a fundamental misunderstanding among people regarding weight and regarding all those things that go into, to people being overweight,” he said then. “I think folks say, yeah, well he must just not be disciplined, or he must not have willpower—that kind of thing. I guess the best analogy to make is some people drink too much. Some people take drugs. Some people eat too much." He also made a comparison often used to describe the unique difficulty faced by those who compulsively overeat: "See, you can go live every day without drinking. You can live every day without taking drugs. You can’t live every day without eating.”

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