Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Christie Receives Clean Bill of Health

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Christie Receives Clean Bill of Health

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Governor Christie -- challenged by his weight throughout a political career that has seen him rise to national prominence -- once called himself the "healthiest fat guy you'll ever meet."

A report from his doctor released Friday seemed to back up that claim, saying Christie, who had lap band surgery earlier this year, is working out regularly and eating healthy -- but it did not disclose his weight.

"He is aware of being overweight and has taken several measures to address this issue," his doctor, Rachana Kulkarni, said in the medical summary.

"He has no medical limitations and is fit to serve as governor of the state of New Jersey," said Kulkarni, Christie's doctor since 2012.

The two-page summary comes out as Christie is getting ready to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, a signature event during his first term. Also released Friday were tax returns for Christie and his wife, Mary Pat.

Christie's decades-long struggle with weight remains a deeply private matter, and a subject he has tried to avoid despite reaching New Jersey's highest office and achieving national prominence in Republican circles.

He underwent secret weight-loss surgery in February and didn't discuss it publicly until the New York Post wrote a story about it in May.

But the governor has also tried to make light of his weight during appearances on late-night television, including pulling a doughnut out of his pocket during a February appearance on "The Late Show" with David Letterman just days before his surgery.

On the campaign trail now while seeking a second term, Christie, 51, has kept up a busy schedule and appears slimmer. The Record interviewed bariatric experts for a story last month who said the governor appears to have lost anywhere from 35 to 70 pounds.

A spokesman for Christie has refused to comment on his weight loss, but the governor said in a recent interview on CBS that he is "more than halfway" to his weight-loss goal. He declined to say how many pounds he has shed.

Christie's weight was an issue in the 2009 gubernatorial campaign, and some have questioned whether it could affect his potential presidential candidacy in three years. And earlier this year, he accused Democratic challenger Barbara Buono, an avid runner, of making a crack about his weight during a campaign event.

The issue also came up Oct. 8 during the first gubernatorial debate, and both candidates pledged to release their medical records. In a report released earlier this month, Buono's doctor said she weighs 124.6 pounds and is in "excellent health." Although she has high cholesterol, she does not need medication to treat it, the report said.

Christie's medical summary indicates he has asthma, something many New Jersey residents learned of in June 2011 after he had an attack that led him to cancel public events and spend the day at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville. …

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