Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

The Governor Has Yet to Produce a Report from His Doctor

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

The Governor Has Yet to Produce a Report from His Doctor

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Governor Christie, who drew national attention after an asthma attack two years ago and again when he had secret weight-loss surgery this year, had yet to release his medical records as of Tuesday, after saying last week he would do so.

The Republican governor and state Sen. Barbara Buono, his Democratic challenger, both said in response to a question in their first gubernatorial debate that they would release their medical information. Buono made a letter from her physician public on Tuesday before the scheduled final debate between the two candidates at Montclair State University.

The doctor wrote that the 60-year-old Buono is in "excellent health." She has high cholesterol but does not need medication to treat it, he said.

The Christie campaign has yet to disclose the 51-year-old governor's medical history. The Record requested Christie's record from his campaign Oct. 8.

On Tuesday campaign spokesman Kevin Roberts responded to requests for those records by releasing a portion of the governor's remarks from that Oct. 8 debate at William Paterson University.

"I'm happy to make medical reports public and, fact is, that people see whether you're fit for the job by whether you can do the job or not," Christie said in the debate. "And people have watched me over the last four years do the job under some really significantly difficult circumstances and come to work every day and work as hard as I can for the people of this state."

The governor also said at the debate, "If anybody is really concerned about my health, I'd be happy to show them a report from my doctor anytime they ask." Christie's campaign did not include that portion of his remarks in its response to a media inquiry.

Christie underwent weight-loss surgery in February and didn't discuss it publicly until the New York Post wrote a story about it in May. The governor said in a recent interview on CBS that he is "more than halfway" to his weight-loss goal, but he has declined to say how many pounds he has shed.

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The governor's weight was an issue in the 2009 gubernatorial campaign, and some question whether it could affect his potential presidential candidacy in three years. …

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