Christie, 11-year-old agree: Michelle Obama shouldn’t be the lunchlady
Gov. Chris Christie told an 11-year-old at an Iowa town hall that First Lady Michelle Obama has no business getting involved with school lunches.
"What are you going to do about the lunches," 11-year-old Jacob Loyal asked, referring to healthy-lunch regulations put in place in 2012 as part of Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" program, NJ Advance Media reported.
Christie told Loyal, who likes Crispitos (a line of filled tortillas) that "If (Michelle Obama) wants to give her her opinions on what people should eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner, that's fine. She can give her opinion. ... But using the government to mandate her point of view on what people should be eating every day, is none of her business," the news organization reported.
Loyal told Christie that the Crispitos don't taste the same because "Michelle Obama is the lunch lady," the report said.
Christie said he doesn't care what kids have for lunch, and it should be up to parents to decide. The governor said that has been trying to eat more healthy "but in the end it's your choice" what you eat.
A compromise over the new regulations may be on the horizon. The Senate Agriculture Committee is scheduled to vote on a measure that would ease the regulations and delay a deadline to cut back on sodium levels in school lunches.
The new measure is is greatly scaled back from an unsuccessful 2014 House Republican effort to allow some schools to opt out of the rules entirely. Th
The rules, phased in since 2012 set fat, calorie, sugar and sodium limits on foods in the lunch line and beyond. They also require more whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
Schools have long been required to follow government nutrition rules if they accept federal reimbursements for free and reduced-price meals for low-income students, but the new standards are stricter and some schools have said they are unworkable.
The Associated Press contributed to this report