Christie Complimented On Slim-Down: ‘I Am Much Smaller Now’

May 29, 2014 7:23 a.m.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) got a few compliments on his weight loss Wednesday at a town hall.

After a woman told Christie he looked “smaller,” the governor replied “Let’s not be totally unfair, I am much smaller now than I used to be,” according to CNN. “I used to be bigger.”

Christie added that his wife tells him he needs to buy new suits.

“But I’m on a budget,” he said, as quoted by CNN. “I gotta be careful, you know?”

The governor underwent lap-band stomach surgery in February 2013. His weight had sometimes made him the butt of jokes, including at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

“Governor, do you want bridge jokes or size jokes? ‘Cause I’ve got a bunch of both. I could go half and half. I know you like a combo platter,” comedian Joel McHale said, throwing in a reference to the scandal surrounding lane closures on the George Washington Bridge.

The governor told Vanity Fair at an after party that McHale’s jabs didn’t faze him.

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