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Gov. Chris Christie Cuts State Budget, Slims Down In Year One

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has cut more than the state budget in his first year in office.

The head-of-state has also dropped a few notches in his belt.

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Christie isn’t saying exactly how much weight he has lost, but his suits have been getting noticeably baggy.

“I’m not going to put any numbers on it because you just set yourself up for failure,” he said.

The 48-year-old Republican, who has acknowledged tipping the scales at a ballpark of 550 pounds, credits his recent weight loss to eating better and working with a trainer three mornings a week — Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

He started working with a trainer in June 2009, but for the past year says he has been more consistent.

“What I’ve done over the last 10 months is I’ve just watched what I eat, work out, and slowly but surely I’m taking the weight off,” Christie said.

The governor has long struggled with his weight, which he says he started putting on after high school when he stopped playing organized sports.

He’s tried dozens of diets over the years with varying success.

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He lost 40 pounds on a bet in 1997 while he was a county freeholder, but gained it back. From 2002-2003, while serving as New Jersey’s top federal prosecutor, he lost 50 pounds on the Atkins diet but it didn’t stay off.

His weight came up during his 2009 campaign against Democrat incumbent Jon Corzine, who ran an ad accusing Christie of “throwing his weight around” to get out of traffic citations while he was U.S. attorney.

The ads included unflattering images of Christie struggling to exit an SUV. In contrast, Corzine was running 5K and 10K races nearly every weekend toward the end of the campaign.

Christie confronted the ads head on, telling Corzine to “man up and say I’m fat.”

Christie said that more than anything else, the motivation to lose weight is his four children, who range in age from 7 to 17 years old.

“I’m motivated by the fact that the job is pretty stressful at times and I have four kids, so I need to be around for them,” Christie said. “I don’t want to be in a situation where, as I get older, my health is really at risk.”

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  • Bob from Bermuda

    550 lbs ! that has to be a typo. 350 would be my guess

  • Robert

    Christie is losing weight…I guess when you’re feeding on human misery…that would be a low-fat diet.

  • Extra Ordinary Larry

    I’m confused … is he now tipping the scales at 550 pounds after dropping some weight, or did he drop some weight from the 550? Where is he at: 450-500?

    I’m a pretty big guy at 250 pounds – I can’t imagine even trying to walk, sleep, or do the wee-wacky-woo-hoo at 550 pounds.

    He is right about not setting number related goals. He is better off judging his weight loss by how his clothes fit him and how he feels. Number can be deceiving.

  • Mari N

    Kudos to you Gov. Christie………….It’s hard but you can do it!

  • lazy_state_worker

    fat bastid who is taking mney out of my pocket. i work for state government and i need to see mo cheddar

  • vengeance

    He does not have the experience needed for the White House, however. If he runs, you can guarantee an Obama victory :(

  • Rob

    No politician with the aspirations of Christie is dumb enough to have taxpayers foot the bill of a personal trainer. I’m certain either he or the party is paying for it. Some taxpayers are, however, dumb enough to make a baseless statement about it. Christie’s a terrific governor and he proves you can be fat and do a great job without always being politically correct! – Fat Rob from NY

    • Bruce

      The ONLY thing Christie could do to be “terrific” would be to QUIT.

  • mark

    Oh great, now my taxes go to paying for his personal trainer.

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