New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has some advice for the long-distance doctor who advises him to lose weight:
The Republican governor, speaking in Sea Girt today, commented on a news report of Connie Mariano, a physician who worked for former President Bill Clinton, saying that she worries about Christie having a heart attack or stroke.
“I’m a Republican,” Mariano said in an interview with CNN. “I like Chris Christie. I want him to run. I just want him to lose weight. I’m a physician more than I’m a Democrat or Republican. And I’m worried about this man dying in office.”
Mariano is “just another hack who wants five minutes on TV,” Christie said today.
“I find it fascinating that a doctor in Arizona — who’s never met me, never examined me, never reviewed my medical history or records and knows nothing about my family history — could make a diagnosis from 2,400 miles away,” he said. “She must be a genius,” he added. “She should probably be the surgeon general of the United States, I suspect.”
“I have four children between nine and 19,” the governor said. “My 12-year-old son come up to me last night and said `Dad, are you going to die?’… If she wants to get on a plane and come here to New Jersey and ask me if she can examine me or review my medical history, then I’ll have a conversation with her. Until that time, she should shut up.”
Mariano didn’t immediately respond to a message left at her office, the Center for Executive Medicine in Scottsdale, Arizona, whose Web-site bills its services as “modeled after the health care provided to America’s chief executive.”
Appearing on CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” this week, the governor said his cholesterol and blood-sugar levels were both within normal ranges during a physician’s exam ahead of his 50th birthday in September.
“I’m basically the healthiest fat guy you’ve ever seen in your life,” Christie told Letterman, who suggested that the governor make that the slogan for his re-election campaign.
And should he run for president in 2016, and win, he’ll get his own White House physician, and a surgeon general.