The news media are reporting that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) had lap-band surgery in February and has lost approximately 40 pounds since then. Bravo, Governor!
Sure, we can assume he’s probably looking ahead to the 2016 presidential race. But more important is his stated reason of wanting to be around for his family. His extreme weight (est. 300-350 lbs.) has posed obvious health risks for a long time.
I’ve liked Christie since I first saw him in the news a few years ago. I like his no-nonsense approach, his willingness to knock heads together to get things done, his total disregard for party politics when his constituents need help. He’s blunt, outspoken, sometimes rude — stereotypically New Jersey — but you know he’s being honest. He doesn’t mince words or tiptoe around spouting politically correct platitudes.
Would I like him as president? I’m not sure; that New Jersey personality might get old really fast. And I don’t know that much about his record in NJ or how he interacts with his legislature or his positions on all the issues. Can he be tactful when necessary? Wouldn’t want him yelling at other national leaders and calling them “stupid,” etc. But I’m thinking I might like him in the White House, bringing back the days when a tough president knew how to play hardball with recalcitrant lawmakers. (That’s assuming I approved of most of what he was trying to do, of course.) He’s a Republican, but he’s a moderate who seems willing and able to stand up to conservatives.
In any case, I can’t help liking Gov. Christie and I wish him well in this latest effort to lose those dangerous extra pounds.