Updated at 2:58 pm
New Jersey Democrat Barbara Buono, an avid runner and state lawmaker looking to oust Gov. Chris Christie, is in “excellent health,” according to a summary of 21 years of medical records her campaign released today.
Buono, 60, has an elevated cholesterol count of 268 mg/dl (normal is below 200), but that’s offset by a very high level of HDL, the so-called “good cholesterol,” according to a one-page summary by Jeffrey L. Carson, her physician since 1992.
Christie, 51, who in February called a former White House doctor a “hack” after she suggested he could suffer a heart attack or stroke due to his weight, has yet to release his medical records. Later that month he underwent lap band surgery to control his weight.
“In summary, Senator Buono is in excellent health and has no significant medical problems,” Carson said in the letter. “She is physically able to serve as Governor of the State of New Jersey.”
Both candidates agreed to release medical histories during an Oct. 9 debate.
Kevin Roberts, Christie’s campaign spokesman, declined to release the records today and referred reporters to Christie’s comments in the debate. In addition to his weight, Christie has struggled with asthma and was treated at a Somers County hospital in 2011 after experiencing trouble breathing on the way to a public appearance.
“Listen, I’m happy to make medical reports public and, fact is, that people see whether you’re fit for the job by whether you can do the job or not,” Christie told debate moderators. “And people have watched me over the last four years do the job under some really significantly difficult circumstances and come to work every day and work as hard as I can for the people of this state.”
Buono was last seen by her doctor on Feb. 28 and her blood pressure was 112/70, her pulse was 78 and she weighed 124.6 pounds, Carson wrote. She’s never smoked, keeps an excellent diet and runs regularly. Her only medications are vitamins and aspirin.
She has been treated for gallstones and a benign colonic polyp, according to Carson. She was in a car accident in February in Franklin Township, following which she was cited for not wearing a seat belt, but received no injuries.
Her family history includes the death of her father at 51 from a heart attack. Her mother suffered a stroke at 75 and died at 88 from kidney cancer, according to Carson’s summary