New Jersey Governor Chris Christie may be an SNL mainstay, but his latest move is certainly no joke.
In an attempt to get healthier, and possibly gain a competitive edge in his political career, Christie has decided to get lap-band surgery. The self-proclaimed “healthiest fat guy you’ve ever seen” says he had the surgery to make sure he is there for his family in the future.
To get a better feel of the procedure, Dennis Waszak Jr. of the Associated Press reported that Jets head coach Rex Ryan urged the governor to have the procedure. Ryan had the surgery roughly three years ago.
During a recent phone conversation, #Jets coach Rex Ryan urged NJ Gov. Chris Christie to have Lap-Band apne.ws/15o9cUf (from @ap)
— Dennis Waszak Jr. (@DWAZ73) May 7, 2013
Ryan has had high praise for the surgery and attributes it to him dropping over 100 lbs since. Ryan was 348 lbs before he had the surgery following his second year with the Jets.
“It basically teaches you how to eat like a human,” Ryan said according to the Associated Press. “The Lap-Band goes: ‘No, no. You’re only going to eat this or that,’ and it trains your body how to eat right.”
Christie again reiterated that this had nothing to do with politics, but many believe he will run for president in the future. One of the main criticisms of Christie has been his weight, as he has gotten progressively more popular since Hurricane Sandy ravaged the area.
President William Taft was once rumored to be so large that he couldn’t fit into the White House bathtub during his tenure. More recently, Bill Clinton was open about his weight issues but he was half the man that Christie is; literally.
Chris Christie (left, if you couldn’t tell) and his wife Mary Pat hope that his lap-band surgery will make the “healthiest fat guy” even healthier. PHOTO COURTESY: LESLIE BARBARO/ASSOCIATED PRESS
The New Jersey governor has often spoke candidly about his weight. He’s also made several “Twinkie” jokes and has often been a good sport when someone jokes about it.
If Christie does run for president one day and gets elected, maybe he can give Ryan a place in his cabinet.
It would be unclear how he would be as a politician, but one thing we know for sure: he would be tough on defense.
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