We are 85 pounds closer to the first magazine cover asking us to check out New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's banging beach bod. Our tabloid-style obsession with Christie's weight continues, with experts telling Politico that Christie has probably lost 85 pounds since having lap band surgery in February 2013.
Specifically, doctors estimated that Christie may have gone from a body mass index of 45 (and 322 pounds) to a current BMI of 33 (and 236 pounds). However, past estimates have placed his starting weight closer to 350. More importantly, based off the equally subjective scale of whether he's slim enough to be president, the change has been dramatic. People are less worried about him dying in office, at least. Here's how Christie's weight loss has come along, both in terms of pounds dropped and presidential prospects gained.
September 29, 2011
"Look, I’m sorry, but New Jersey Governor Chris Christie cannot be president: He is just too fat," Michael Kinsley writes on Bloomberg View. Christie's starting weight is estimated at 322 to 350 pounds.
September 30, 2011
The New Republic invites readers to estimate Christie's weight. The crowdsourced total is 334 pounds. Jonathan Chait at New York magazine argued that Christie's weight is irrelevant to his presidential ambitions, except that "American elites view obesity with disgust, and they’re repulsed at the notion that a very fat guy could rise to a position of symbolic leadership." His weight and presidential prospects stay the same.
February 5, 2013