New Jersey Governor Chris Christie told Barbara Walters during her interview for her "10 Most Fascinating People of the Year" show that he’s not too fat to be president, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"I’ve done this job pretty well, and I think people watched me for the last number of weeks and Hurricane Sandy doing 18-hour days and getting right back up the next day and still being just as effective in the job,” Christie said, adding that it is "ridiculous" to think he would be too heavy to take on the role of president.
Christie has struggled with his weight, but may also face another struggle as he reaches toward his political goals: the anger of his own Republican Party, the story adds.
Some in his party blamed him for contributing to GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s loss in the presidential election, after Christie praised President Barack Obama for his leadership in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the piece notes.
But Christie downplayed his role in the election. According to the piece, Christie told Walters: "The fact of the matter is, President Obama won the election pretty comfortably. I was doing my job as I saw fit to do it. And I told the truth, like I always do. The president did step up and help tremendously in New Jersey."