Christie Jokes About Weight Loss: ‘Rome Wasn’t Unbuilt In A Day’ (VIDEO)

February 20, 2014 12:44 p.m.

This post has been updated.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Thursday joked about his weight loss at a town hall in Port Monmouth, N.J.

“Rome was not unbuilt in a day, either,” he told a middle schooler recently when she asked when he would lose more weight.

Christie started telling the story of his recent encounter with the student when a resident complimented on his recent weight loss.

According to the governor, the middle schooler told him, “you are getting a lot smaller.” And then asked, “when are you going to get really small?”

The governor underwent weight loss surgery in 2013 and lost significant weight over the course of the year.

Christie’s weight is subject to a lot of chatter, especially when it comes to his chances to win a presidential election. Mitt Romney reportedly mocked Christie’s weight while vetting him as a vice presidential pick. But at least one columnist thinks Christie’s weight would be an advantage in a national election.

Watch the video via Christie’s office:

Image via NBC Livestream

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