New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is confirming he phoned the former White House physician whose comments on his health had angered him.


Dr. Connie Mariano (KTVK TV)

Christie said Friday the conversation was private and he wouldn't comment on it.

But Dr. Connie Mariano of Scottsdale, Ariz., tells KTVK-TV in Phoenix that the Republican governor yelled at her.

In an earlier interview with CNN, Mariano had said she wants Christie to run for president in 2016. But she warned his weight is a "time bomb" and she worries about him "dying in office" if he doesn't get it under control.

At a news conference earlier this week, Christie called the remarks irresponsible and said Mariano should "shut up" since she has not examined him nor had access to his medical records.  Mariano disagrees, explaining to KTVK-TV that as a medical expert,  “I think I'm qualified to make a comment.”

Mariano tells KTVK-TV the call from the governor was like his press conference, "only louder." She says "he wasn't very nice to me."

“I've gotten lots of hate mails, lots of threatening, mean stuff. My intention wasn't to hurt anybody,” Mariano told the station. 

Their phone conversation has  Mariano reconsidering Christie as her choice to be President. "The way he acted lately I don't think so.  He wasn't very nice to me,” she said. “Politically if this is the way [he handles] stress… is this presidential?  I'll have to think about that.  Is this a presidential way to behave?  C'mon.”

 The Associated Press contributed to this report