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How Much Did Chris Christie Weigh When He Got Gastric Band Stomach Surgery To Lose Weight?

By May 7, 2013

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

Chris Christie is the affable New Jersey governor who's as popular as Bruce Springsteen and perhaps the Republican Party's best shot at winning the White House back in the 2016 election.

But he's also got a problem that could hold him back should he decide to run for the highest elected office in the land: the persistent jokes and questions about his health and weight.

So how much does Christie weigh, and what's he doing about it?

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The second question is easier to answer than the first. Christie, who once told David Letterman that he's "the healthiest fat guy you've ever seen in your life," secretly underwent gastric band stomach surgery in February of 2013. He told the New York Post that the gastric band surgery was "so much more important" than looking ahead to a possible 2016 presidential run.

"I've struggled with this issue for 20 years," Christie said. "For me, this is about turning 50 and looking at my children and wanting to be there for them."

A gastric band is silicone band around the stomach designed to slow the passage of food from the upper portion of the stomach to the lower portion, making a person feel satisfied on less food. Said Christ after the procedure: "I went to a steakhouse and ordered a steak and ate about a third of it and I was full."

Which brings us to our other question: How much did Christie weigh at the time of his surgery, and how overweight was he? The governor didn't reveal that information, but it was widely reported that Christie was about 350 pounds, or about 150 pounds overweight.

Whatever the reason for Christie's decision to undergo surgery, it is a good sign he is finally addressing his weight. We wish him the best.

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