Chris Christie is now firing back against the Corzine campaign on the issue of his own weight, saying Corzine is trying to use Christie’s weight problem as a distraction from the real issues of the campaign.
This all started with a Corzine campaign ad that said Christie “threw his weight around” as U.S. Attorney to get out of trouble from traffic violations and car accidents. Later on, when Corzine was asked if he thinks Christie is fat, he answered, “Am I bald?” The most recent, and most blatant instance, came from state Democratic chairman Joe Cryan, who declared to a Democratic crowd: “What would it feel like if the next governor weighs 350 pounds?”
So now Christie has fired back, as the Press of Atlantic City reports:
“I’m gonna let you in on a little secret,” Christie told the crowd. “I know most of you didn’t know this – but the governor’s been whispering this to the press for months and months and months, and now he’s trying to be a little cute about talking about it too through his TV ads. I want to make sure you’re all seated and you’re OK before I let you in on a secret: I’m overweight. And I’ve struggled with my weight for the better part of 30 years, up and down.
“And the governor somehow thinks that in a time when we have 9.8 percent unemployment, at a time when we have the highest tax burden in America, at a time when we have the highest property taxes in the United States, that that’s what you wanna talk about.”