Could Chris Christie's Weight Hurt a Presidential Bid?
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has been mentioned as a potential presidential candidate, but some are saying he's too overweight to run for the White House. INSIDE EDITION has the story.
"I think it's ridiculous!" said Elisabeth Hasselback.
There was a screaming match on The View.
They're debating, of all things, whether New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is too fat to be president!
"I don't think the country is ready for a fat president," said Joy Behar.
Christie is facing intense pressure to throw his hat in the ring, but could his weight really sink his campaign?
"Imagine this conversation about an overweight female candidate. We would be beside ourselves," said Hasselback.
Christie reportedly weighs in at about 300 pounds, making him an easy target for jokes!
MSNBC anchor Martin Bashir recently made commentary laced with not-so-subtle references to Christie's weight. "The real will-he-or-won't-he fervor is around the massively popular governor. If it's such a piece of cake to walk into the White House next year, why doesn't he do it? Or is it possible that President Obama won't be that easy to roll over?" he said.
Christie acknowledges that he has a weight problem, but has brushed off the insults.
"I can't worry about what a cable news commentator says about what he likes or dislikes about my appearence. If I wanted him to ask me out then I'd care about what he thought about my appearance," says Christie.
But could Christie handle a stressful run for president?
In July he was hospitalized for asthma.
"He's not healthy. I don't want to worry about my president dying because he's overweight," said Sheri Shepherd.
"Judging somebody by how they look, that's ridiculous," a voter said.
For most voters INSIDE EDITION talked to, Christie's weight was a non-issue but others find it hard to ignore.
"Do you think a candidate can be too fat to run for president?" asked INSIDE EDITION's Les Trent.
"I don't think it would show the best example," said one voter.
If Christie decides to run, he'll be going up against such physically fit Republican contenders as Texas Governor Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann, among others.
Barbara Walters, for one, predicts who'll emerge the victor:
"I predict he will be the Republican candidate," said Walters.
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