Christie Calls Doctor Who Raised Weight Concerns a ‘Hack’

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has said his weight doesn’t slow him and should not bar him from seeking the presidency if he decides to run for the office.

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has said his weight doesn’t slow him and should not bar him from seeking the presidency if he decides to run for the office. Close

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has said his weight doesn’t slow him and should not bar him from seeking the... Read More

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Christie: Hurricane recovery "isn't a job that's going to be done in a couple of days. Fortunately, New Jerseyans are known for their patience."Seth Meyers: "They are?"Christie: "Yes, they are! How many times do I have to say it to you?Meyers: "You only said it once!"Christie: "Once should be enough. Get the wax out of your ears!"Meyers: "I'm sorry."Christie: "Don't apologize! Just do it."-- Nov. 17, 2012: at his temper on NBC's Saturday Night Live with "Weekend Update" host Seth Meyers.{MAKBB16KLVSJ01} Close

Christie: Hurricane recovery "isn't a job that's going to be done in a couple of days. Fortunately, New Jerseyans are... Read More

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Shut up. That's Chris Christie's advice to the doctor who worried in public this week about his weight. "You may not agree with me all the time," the Republican New Jersey Governor has said, "but you never have to wonder what I'm saying." On Feb. 6, after he described himself on show as "basically the healthiest fat guy you've ever seen in your life," former White House doctor told CNN she was "worried about this man dying in office." Christie called her "a hack" and said she should "shut up" unless she examines him. The good doctor joins Democrats, Republicans, unions and even a heckler on the Jersey boardwalk, all who have come to know the tongue-lashings of Chris Christie. Close

Shut up. That's Chris Christie's advice to the doctor who worried in public this week about his weight. "You may not... Read More

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"It's absolutely an asinine, ridiculous statement by the Congressman. It's reprehensible. He should be ashamed of himself to be talking about it in that way."-- Aug. 20, 2012: to comments by Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, who said he opposed abortion even in cases of rape because "if it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." Close

"It's absolutely an asinine, ridiculous statement by the Congressman. It's reprehensible. He should be ashamed of... Read More

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"What I watched last night was disappointing and disgusting. We have been waiting six times longer than the victims of Katrina, and there's no end in sight. New Jersey and New Yorkers are tired of being treated like second-class citizens. We deserve better."-- Jan. 2, 2012: Accusing the U.S. House of Representatives of "duplicity" and "selfishness" after a $60 billion Hurricane Sandy aid bill was . Congress approved a $9.7 billion relief measure on Jan. 4. Close

"What I watched last night was disappointing and disgusting. We have been waiting six times longer than the victims... Read More

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"This will tell you everything you need to know about how New Jersey runs under the Democrats. They're actually spending their time on this."-- Sept. 27, 2012: as "stupid" a proposed bill to require seatbelts for dogs riding in cars. Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer, a Newark Democrat who introduced the bill, said distractions from animals in cars were "a bigger issue than people realize." Close

"This will tell you everything you need to know about how New Jersey runs under the Democrats. They're actually... Read More

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"They parachute these people onto the Jersey Shore and try to make America think these are Jersey people, and they're not. They're New Yorkers. They ought to take them out to Montauk, all the way out on the point, and leave them there. And don't drop bread crumbs, so they can't find their way back."-- May 6, 2011: at MTV's "Jersey Shore." Christie, of Irish and Sicilian lineage, called cast member Vinny Guadagnino "ridiculous and a moron." Close

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"This Shariah law business is crap. It's just crazy and I'm tired of dealing with the crazies."-- July 26, 2011: his choice of a Muslim, Sohail Mohammed, as a Superior Court judge. Conservative commentators had accused Mohammad of being an adherent to Shariah law, the religious standards based on the Koran. Close

"This Shariah law business is crap. It's just crazy and I'm tired of dealing with the crazies."-- July 26, 2011: his... Read More

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"Can you please take the bat out on her for once?"-- April 11, 2011: to 77-year-old state Senator Loretta Weinberg at a news conference. Christie was urging the news media to look into Weinberg, who collects retirement benefits along with her lawmaker salary, after she accused Christie of a double standard on the issue, often called "double dipping." When Democrats demanded that Christie apologize, he accused them of "fake outrage." Close

"Can you please take the bat out on her for once?"-- April 11, 2011: to 77-year-old state Senator Loretta Weinberg... Read More

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"You have numbnuts like Reed Gusciora who put out a statement comparing me to George Wallace and Lester Maddox."-- Jan. 30, 2012: Gusciora, a gay Democratic assembly member, along with civil rights leaders such as U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia), criticized Christie for comments opposing same-sex marriage and proposing a referendum on the issue instead. "People would have been happy with a referendum on civil rights rather than fighting and dying in the streets of the South," Christie said on Jan. 24. Lewis said Christie "has not read his recent history books" on the civil rights movement. On Feb. 1, Christie said he the comments, while refusing to apologize for his "numbnuts" insult. Close

"You have numbnuts like Reed Gusciora who put out a statement comparing me to George Wallace and Lester Maddox."--... Read More

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"Cut a check and shut up -- that's what I say. I'm tired of hearing it. If he wants to pay more taxes, pay more. I know I've given up any chance for post-gubernatorial employment at Berkshire Hathaway."-- Feb. 21, 2012: to billionaire Warren Buffett's calls for wealthy people to pay more in taxes. Close

"Cut a check and shut up -- that's what I say. I'm tired of hearing it. If he wants to pay more taxes, pay more. I... Read More

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"Get the hell off the beach in Asbury Park, and get out. You're done. It's 4:30. You've maximized your tan. Get off the beach. Get in your cars and get out of those areas."-- Aug. 26, 2011: people to evacuate the Jersey shore in advance of Hurricane Irene. Close

"Get the hell off the beach in Asbury Park, and get out. You're done. It's 4:30. You've maximized your tan. Get off... Read More

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"You're a real big shot -- keep shooting your mouth off. You're a real big shot. Keep walking away. Big shot."-- July 5, 2012: Yelling at a heckler. The encounter was caught on video while Christie ate an ice cream cone on the Seaside Heights, NJ, boardwalk. Christie later said the man had used profanity in front of his kids. "If they do it while I'm alone I just ignore it and let it roll off my back," he . "It's part of the job. But not in front of my kids." Close

"You're a real big shot -- keep shooting your mouth off. You're a real big shot. Keep walking away. Big shot."-- July... Read More

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"Cut the crap, OK? You know I don't hate gym teachers, but I don't think any parent would say that gym is more important than biology."-- Nov. 16, 2011: to criticism of his comments that science and math teachers should be paid more than gym teachers. The comments were part of Christie's long-running feud with New Jersey's teacher's union leaders, whom he accused of acting like "political thugs" in battles over pay and benefits. Close

"Cut the crap, OK? You know I don't hate gym teachers, but I don't think any parent would say that gym is more... Read More

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"You got to be one arrogant S.O.B. to be telling the people of the state of New Jersey he'll decide when you've been good enough to get some of your own money back."-- June 26, 2012: to state Senator Paul Sarlo, the head of the senate's budget committee, after the Democrat-led legislature delayed a tax cut he had demanded. Close

"You got to be one arrogant S.O.B. to be telling the people of the state of New Jersey he'll decide when you've been... Read More

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie called a former White House doctor who said he was dangerously overweight a “hack” and said she should “shut up” unless she examines him.

Christie was responding to a CNN report that Connie Mariano, who worked for former President Bill Clinton, said she was worried that the governor may have a heart attack or stroke. “I’m worried about this man dying in office,” she said in the interview.

“You don’t have to be a doctor to see that he is obese,” Mariano said today by telephone from her office, the Center for Executive Medicine in Scottsdale, Arizona. “I’m not a hack. If you look up my resume, I’ve been in the White House for nine years. I’m a retired Navy rear admiral. I’m board-certified in internal medicine.”

Christie, who is seeking a second term this year and hasn’t ruled out a 2016 presidential bid, said the interview worried his four children. He said Mariano was seeking her “five minutes on television.”

Slideshow:The Tongue-Lashings of Chris Christie

“I find it fascinating that a doctor in Arizona -- who’s never met me, never examined me, never reviewed my medical history or records and knows nothing about my family history -- could make a diagnosis from 2,400 miles away,” Christie said today in Sea Girt. “She must be a genius. She should probably be the surgeon general of the United States, I suspect.”

Doughnut Joke

Christie, who has struggled with his size since he stopped playing school sports, has said his weight doesn’t slow him and shouldn’t bar him from seeking the presidency.

During a Feb. 4 appearance on CBS Corp.’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” the governor said that his cholesterol and blood-sugar levels were both within normal ranges during a physical exam ahead of his 50th birthday in September.

“I’m basically the healthiest fat guy you’ve ever seen in your life,” he told the comedian, who replied that he should make it the slogan for his re-election campaign.

As Letterman apologized for past barbs, Christie pulled a doughnut from his suit pocket and began munching, drawing laughter from the audience. Mariano said in an interview today that CNN had called her to comment on that gag.

“I thought it was very sad that he made fun of that,” Mariano said. “I can understand why his doctors and other people have had trouble getting him to lose weight. This is an issue that will haunt him if he decides to run for office.”

The governor told Letterman, who has made Christie’s girth the subject of his often-biting Top 10 lists, that his wife and kids prod him regularly to lose weight. Speaking to reporters yesterday in Union Beach, the governor said “there’s always a plan” when it comes to dieting.

“Every week, every month, every year, there’s a plan,” Christie said. “Sometimes periods of great success are followed by periods of great failure.”

Mariano said she had to cut the interview short because Christie was calling her.

To contact the reporters on this story: Terrence Dopp in Trenton at tdopp@bloomberg.net; Elise Young in Trenton at eyoung30@bloomberg.net

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