TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday he underwent gastric band surgery three months ago to try to lose weight.
Christie had the surgery, in which a band was placed around his stomach to restrict the amount of food he can eat, on Feb. 16.
The governor decided to have the procedure after turning 50 in September.
Speaking at a news conference, Christie took issue with a reporter asking why he didn’t disclose the surgery sooner.
“In terms of keeping it secret, it’s nobody else’s business,” Christie said. “If asked about it, I wouldn’t have lied about it. But it’s nobody else’s business but mine.”
The father of four said he’s already lost weight — reportedly a total of 40 pounds — from the procedure.
He said he was motivated by concerns over his health, not future political aspirations.
“It’s not a career issue. It is a long-term health issue,” Christie said. “What spurred me to do it was I turned 50 years old. I got confronted with your own mortality as I started to age. This is about my kids, Mary Pat and me.”
Christie got fired up at the suggestion that his career was the motivation.
“It may sound odd. This is a hell of a lot more important than running for president,” he said. “This is about my family’s future and that’s more important to me than running for president.”