Gov. Chris Christie Gets Secret Lap-Band Surgery, Al Shartpon Offers To Be His Weight Loss ‘Maintenance Man’
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie usually isn’t one to shy away from discussions about his struggles with weight loss. Earlier this year the 50-year-old Newark native made an appearance on The Lateshow with David Letterman and had no qualms with joking about his ever-expanding waisteline. He also spoke openly about his attempts to lose weight. His ability to laugh at himself earned him a gold star in Reverend Al Sharpton’s book. Not long after Christie’s appearance on Letterman, Sharpton openly praised him and offered to provide the Governor some weight loss advice.
Today we learned that Christie decided to take a different approach to weight loss. According to ABC News, the New Jersey Governor secretly underwent lap-band surgery three months ago. Christie revealed that he’s shed 30 lbs since the procedure. Christie’s attempt to kick his weight loss efforts up a notch seems to point to prior speculations that he intends to run for president.
TMZ recently caught up with Al Sharpton to ask him what he thinks of Christie’s weight loss and whether or not he thinks the surgery had anything to do with Christie planning to run for office in 2016. Check out some of what he had to say.
On what he thinks of Christie’s secret surgery:
“I’m glad to see that he’s series about getting the weight off of him. I’d offered to help him. I did it naturally, but the way that he’s doing it is still good. You do not need to carry that weight around. He says he’s doing it for family and his kids, which is admirable. Others think it’s politics. Either way I can tell him that you must lose the weight.”
On his willingness to help Christie keep the weight off:
“If that doesn’t work, come see Reverend Al. I’ll show you how to do it natural and keep it off. The challenge is to start, now you have to maintain. I couldn’t be your starter, but I could help be your maintenance man.”
On if he thinks the weight loss is a sign Christie run for president:
“Uh, it’s a sign he’s losing weight. I think that he may be doing it for political reasons. He may not be, but take it from me. I lost weight. I’m still not president, Chris.”
Turn the page to see Sharpton’s interview.