Chris Christie: I'm Not Too Fat to Be President

2:53 PM, Dec 12, 2012   |    comments
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addresses the 2012 Republican National Convention on August 28, 2012. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages)
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Catalina Camia, USA TODAY

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said it's "ridiculous" to think that he cannot be president because of his weight.

The Republican was responding to a query from Barbara Walters, who has tapped him as one of her "most fascinating people" of the year. Christie's weight is a perennial topic, both serious and comic, and he has often said he wishes he weren't so heavy.

ABC News released a clip of the interview, which airs Wednesday night, and in it Walters confesses to being a little sheepish about asking Christie "are you a little overweight?"

"More than a little," Christie responds.

When Walters says there are some people who believe Christie can't be president because of his weight and the impact on his health, the governor says his current job hasn't been affected.

"Well, I've done this job pretty well," Christie said. "I think people watched me for the last number of weeks during Hurricane Sandy doing 18-hour days and getting back up the next day and still being just as effective in the job, so I don't think that will be a problem."

Christie suffered a serious asthma attack last year, which landed him in a hospital emergency room for a few hours and raised questions about his health. He said it was the heat and humidity that sparked the attack, and not his weight.

When the subject of heavy presidents comes up, William Howard Taft is often cited. The 27th president weighed over 300 pounds and needed a special bathtub installed at the White House.

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