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Governor Christie Undergoes Lap-Band Stomach Surgery – What Influenced Him? [POLL]

Governor Christie during LBI town hall last week (Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen)
Governor Christie during LBI town hall last week (Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen)

Last night Governor Christie announced he’d gone for lap band to try and lose weight.
I wish him the best; but know that this is just the beginning of the ordeal.

I’m sure he knows that too.

But who or what influenced him?

Was it Dr. Connie Mariano, who you may remember , back in February was under fire by the Governor to lose weight saying “It’s almost like a time bomb waiting to happen unless he addresses those issues before running for office,” said Mariano, who attended to former Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush during her time at the White House.

Asked about Mariano’s comments at a press conference on Wednesday, Christie lashed out, calling her “just another hack who wants five minutes on TV.”

“If she wants to get on a plane and come here to New Jersey and ask me if she wants to examine me and review my medical history I will have a conversation with her about that,” Christie said. “Until that time she should shut up.”

Mariano says that after the press conference, Christie called and yelled at her.
“It was essentially the tone of the press conference only louder,” Mariano told KTVK. “It was hard to get anything across.”

Perhaps it was Judi Franco, who back in March asked him if he had ever considered lap-band surgery to which the governor has said, that at that time, he had not.

So he lied!

Or maybe, just maybe he decided at age 50, it was time to make a change.

And besides, with a reelection campaign underway and 2016 just around the corner; now’s a good time to embark upon the journey.

According to our report,, Christie’s family and friends convinced him to have the surgery after his 50th birthday. The Republican agreed to the surgery but the process was cloaked in secrecy. He checked in to a surgery center on February 16 under an assumed name, according to the Post.

Dr. George Fielding from NYU Medical Center’s Weight Management Program, came to Christie’s Mendham home for medical visits. Christie had the surgery early in the morning and came home the same day.

Christie also consulted with Jets coach Rex Ryan who lost 100 pounds following the surgery by Dr. Fielding in 2012. Both men are said to have weighed over 300 pounds before having a silicon tube placed around the top of his stomach which limits the amount of food that can be eaten leading to a fuller feeling with less after a meal.

Christie is said to have lost about 40 pounds so far.

Christie says a 2016 run for the White House was not even a consideration in his decision. “I know it sounds crazy to say that running for president is minor, but in the grand scheme of things, it was looking at Mary Pat and the kids and going, ‘I have to do this for them, even if I don’t give a crap about myself,’ ” he told the Post.

One political insider, however, believes otherwise. “This means he’s running for president. He’s showing people he can get his weight in control. It was the one thing holding him back,” a top political donor told The Post.

Either way it’s the right thing to do; and we all hope (I’m sure), it works out for the best.

But who or what planted the “bee in his bonnet?

The doctor whom he called out; Judi; his family; or running for President in 2016?

He’s also got to know that once he takes it off, the real work begins.
Maintenance.

Maybe someone can reach out and suggest that to him. Like Al Roker, who rides a bike to work everyday!

And if it is for a presidential run in 2016, would you vote for him?

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