Is Chris Christie Too Overweight to Run for President?

Elected officials perform best when they are in optimal health, and the New Jersey governor is obviously not, writes Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (Getty Images)

In his Washington Post column, Eugene Robinson argues that if New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie decides to run for president, it would behoove him to lose weight so that he could be in optimal health and lead by example at a time when obesity has reached epidemic proportions.

Whether or not he lets himself be persuaded to run for president, Chris Christie needs to find some way to lose weight. Like everyone else, elected officials perform best when they are in optimal health. Christie obviously is not. 

You could argue that this is none of my business, but I disagree. Christie's problem with weight ceased being a private matter when he stepped into the public arena -- and it's not something you can fail to notice. Obesity is a national epidemic whose costs are measured not just in dollars and cents but also in lives. Christie's weight is as legitimate an issue as the smoking habit that President Obama says he has finally kicked.

On rare occasions, Christie speaks candidly about his weight. "I'm really struggling, been struggling for a long time with it," he told CNN's Piers Morgan in June. "And I know that it would be better for my kids if I got it more under control, and so I do feel a sense of guilt at times about that."

Read Eugene Robinson's entire column at the Washington Post. 

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