Chris Christie Disputes Weight Loss Claim, Did The New York Times Lie?

Even if you’re a daily New York Times reader, you might have missed the blip published Monday about New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s weight loss. While meeting with David Koch on Friday, Republican donors allegedly began to press Chris to lose weight if he wants to have a legitimate chance at the 2016 presidential nomination. NYT reported that Christie countered back that he had recently lost 85 lbs. after undergoing lap band surgery.

“Behind closed doors at David Koch’s Upper East Side apartment Friday night, Gov. Chris Christie told conservative donors that he has shed 85 pounds since undergoing weight loss surgery last year. The governor’s appearance – inside Mr. Koch’s sprawling 18-room duplex – was strictly off limits to the press, but a guest told us that Mr. Christie was pressed by donors about his health. He did not reveal his current weight, although he said he understood he had to slim down if he wanted to move beyond Trenton. And he brought the house down with a joke: “A doctor once told me you have to have the right relationship with the food you eat. And believe me, for many years, I had a great relationship with the foods I ate.”

Christie appeared in Connecticut on Tuesday night, where he vehemently denied the conversation about his weight loss. He also scholded those who dug into his personal life, according to ABC News.

“First off, I don’t talk about numbers and so the report in the New York Times was I can tell you this much it wasn’t accurate, but I’m not going to tell you why it wasn’t accurate. I don’t talk about that stuff and the reason I don’t is because that’s my business and not anybody else’s.”

Chris didn’t, however, deny that he had lost weight. In fact, what Christie did have to say about weight loss indicated that he was paying more attention to his health, while dismissing claims that his figure could kill Chris Christie 2016.

“I turned 50 and I decided I need to do something and so the fact that it’s going well is really gratifying for my family first and foremost and all the rest of the stuff that people write about is fine, it’s ok it’s not why I am doing it. I got elected to office at my previous size and it didn’t seem to bother the voters of New Jersey twice so the people who say it’s about politics are just wrong, it’s about living a healthier life and being healthier and being able to stay around longer.”

Chris Christie is one of the favorites to run for the Republican nomination in 2016. Christie’s weight loss, however, might not be enough to save him from scandals that have nagged him in the past few months.

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