Gov. Chris Christie responds to Dr. Connie Mariano weight loss claims

    10:48 AM, Feb 7, 2013   |    comments
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    UNDATED (CBS) -- Wednesday, a former White House doctor say New Jersey governor Chris Christie is bound to have a heart attack or stroke if he doesn't lose weight. Christie didn't waste any time responding.

    Governor Chris Christie played comic foil to late show host David Letterman's straight man Monday night. But, by Wednesday, he was fed up with the weight debate. He says, "She should probably be the surgeon general of the United States, I suspect because she must be a genius. This is just another hack who wants five minutes on TV."

    Christie took offense to the cross country medical diagnosis of Dr. Connie Mariano, a former Navy rear admiral, who served as Bill Clinton's White House physician. He said on CNN, "I'm a republican so I like Chris Christie a lot. I just want him to lose weight. I'm a physician more than a Democrat or a Republican; I worry about this man dying in office."

    Christie says, "My children saw that last night. And she sat there and said on TV, 'I'm afraid he's gonna die in office.' My 12-year-old son came to me and said, 'Dad, are you gonna die?' If she wants to get on a plane and come here to New Jersey and ask me if she wants to examine me and review my medical history, I'll have a conversation with her about that. Until that time, she should shut up."

    Christie says that he cares about his health and always has a plan to trim down. He says, "In terms of people in the state being concerned about whether or not it prevents me from being able to do my job effectively, I think they've seen the results of that."

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