SEA GIRT, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is lashing out at a former White House doctor who said she worries about the governor dying in office because he is so heavy.
Former White House physician Connie Mariano made the comment in an interview with CNN. The Scottsdale, Ariz., doctor says she'd like to see Christie run for president in 2016 but that he needs to lose weight. She worries he could have a heart attack or stroke.
The 50-year-old Republican governor said Wednesday that unless Mariano gives him a physical exam and takes his family history, "she should shut up."
Christie joked about his weight this week with David Letterman.
The next day, he described himself as "remarkably healthy" but acknowledged his doctor "continues to warn me that my luck is going to run out relatively soon."
Statement by Dr. Mariano
It's unfortunate to hear that is Governor Christie's reaction.
It doesn't take a physician to look at him and observe he is overweight.
It is sad that he can not take my advice about his weight and risk factors for people who are overweight/obese for diabetes, heart disease, stroke constructively and instead, he chose to attack me personally.
I appreciate his invitation to come out to New Jersey but he stated he had a doctor there who sees him. I recommend he follow up with his personal physician to help him.
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