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3 hours ago Christie calls out former WH physician, doc unmoved

(CNN) – Gov. Chris Christie Wednesday blasted as a "hack" a former White House physician following her assessment in a CNN interview the day before that his weight may cause him to die in office but the doctor is standing her ground.

On Wednesday, Christie called Dr. Connie Mariano and "vented," according to the doctor who served in the White House during the Clinton presidency. After the conversation with Christie, she spoke with CNN's National Political Correspondent Jim Acosta and stood by her statements and professed no regrets.



Christie has spoken openly about his weight and health concerns and even poked fun at himself – most recently at a Monday appearance on David Letterman's late night program, saying "I'm basically the healthiest fat guy you've ever seen in your life." He punctuated the joke by snacking on a doughnut midway through the interview because he "didn't know it was going to be this long."

But he wasn't pleased when Mariano offered her assessment in the interview without having evaluated him, describing her publicly as "just another hack who wants five minutes on TV."

"If she wants to get on a plane and come here to New Jersey and ask me if she wants to examine me and review my medical history, I will have a conversation with her about that," Christie said after touring the post-Superstorm Sandy reconstruction effort in Sea Girt, New Jersey.

"Until that time she should shut up," he fired.

Mariano told CNN after his comments, "It's unfortunate that he took it in that manner. It was meant to be constructive."

"But when I see someone who looks like him, you don't have to be a White House doctor to be concerned about health issues," she said, adding that she had invited him to her offices in Arizona.

Mariano made her initial comments in an interview with CNN Tuesday.

She acknowledged that she is a Republican and supported him running for office, but characterized herself as "a physician more than I'm a Democrat or Republican and I'm worried about this man dying in office," she said.

Christie is widely thought to be considering a presidential run and has not ruled out that prospect. Instead, he has said he is focused on his current job in the Garden State and is up for re-election this year.

But his health is "almost like a time bomb that's waiting to go off unless he addresses those issues before running for office," she said.

Christie has pointed to the long and stressful days he worked during and after the Sandy crisis as a sign he can handle the demands of public office and his physical condition.

He mocked her as a "genius" for her ability to diagnose him remotely.

"I find it fascinating that a doctor in Arizona who has never met me, never examined me, never reviewed my medical history or records, knows nothing about my family history, could make a diagnosis from 2,400 miles away," he said. He added that someone with "the privilege of having a medical license should, in my view, conduct themselves more responsibly."

Mariano replied that she did not need to perform a formal physical evaluation: "When you see it, you can't help it. It's an issue."

At a press conference on Monday Christie said that he and his doctors did have a plan for his health, and "whether it'll be successful or not, you'll all be able to notice."

"My doctor continues to warn me that my luck is going to run out relatively soon, so believe me it's something I'm very conscious of," he said.

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/02/06/christie-calls-out-former-wh-physician-doc-unmoved/?hpt=hp_t3
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649848 tn?1534637300
Well, with his weight what it is, there could very well be an issue; however, I do have to agree with him that the doctor should not be on TV discussing his health, without having reviewed his records or examining him, but most importantly, without his permission.

I see a lot of overweight people and think they might die young, but I surely wouldn't go on TV and talk about it.
Avatar universal
He's a public figure. He sacrificed his privacy on matters like this when he ran for office. His health is a fair topic and it certainly doesn't take an expert physician with access to his medical records to speculate that his obesity is a big risk for a significant medical event. I think it's fair game. After all, with politicians what isn't fair game these days?

Aside from that it is so obvious at first blush that we really don't need an expert opinion to know he is at risk.

It might not have been a classy move on her point but I don't see that he has any right to complain about it - the big fatso!
Avatar universal
LOL mike! Yeah he is huge and he above everyone knows he is walking a tightrope and if he is so worried about his child thinking he is at deaths door, he needs to really really give some thought as to who is causing his child to think this? Altho he does say he has no problem with cholesterol or blood pressure. Hard to believe that is the case but truth is stranger than fiction. Regardless, if his child is not enuff to turn it around, I sincerely doubt that a bid for the white house will do it either. And then again, he could have an underlying condition that makes it hard if not impossible for him to lose too. We just dont know but at first glance, this is what most americans will think of before voting him into office of president. Will it kill him?
1310633 tn?1430227691
Holy crap. The guy hasn't even officially declared a run in 2016, and he's ALREADY being torn to shreds.

I guess that's the mission of most every Left'leaning news-source... seek & destroy any semi-viable Republican candidate before they even have an opportunity to throw their hat in the ring.

While we're on the topic of weight... how about Michelle Obama's GIGANTIC bottom. That woman and Chris Christie should probably compare notes and go on the same diet. You never know, the fat from her bottom might clog an artery or something, and she might prematurely pass on, while sitting as 1st-Lady.
Avatar universal
I guess that's the mission of most every Left'leaning news-source... seek & destroy any semi-viable Republican candidate before they even have an opportunity to throw their hat in the ring.

??? The doctor is a republican and the thoughts on 2016 run for the white house are mine alone? On a roll today I see.
Avatar universal
Don't go there about left and right...you are so hung up on that. In fact I betcha there are equal numbers of obese leftists and rightists. :)

McCain is too old, Christie is too fat, but between them they make a great candidate.
Don't worry, he'll get a contract with weight watchers, everyone will admire him. The obese masses (left and right) will stand proud and he will win as the biggest loser.
Ha! You see what you do to me el? You bring out my silliness.
Avatar universal
He was just on letterman making fun of himself and eating a donut and getting a huge laugh. He himself makes his weight an issue, but is sensitive to someone else doing it. Altho I dont think this doctor should be doing what she did either. Two wrongs? I think so.
206807 tn?1331939784
“Mariano told CNN after his comments, "It's unfortunate that he took it in that manner. It was meant to be constructive."

"But when I see someone who looks like him, you don't have to be a White House doctor to be concerned about health issues," she said, adding that she had invited him to her offices in Arizona.

Mariano made her initial comments in an interview with CNN Tuesday.

She acknowledged that she is a Republican and supported him running for office, but characterized herself as "a physician more than I'm a Democrat or Republican and I'm worried about this man dying in office," she said.”


What a Crock of Sh!t. With her clout, I’m sure she could have made arrangements to contact him and speak privately about her concerns. Instead she goes to CNN. I have to agree with him on this one.
649848 tn?1534637300
That was kind of my thought.......
Avatar universal
That is a good point and I had not thought of it that way. Yep, I think you are right on now that I think about it.
148588 tn?1465782409
I have to agree that this looks like someone trying to get their '15 minutes of fame'. It is a legitimate concern, though, given that one of the factors that probably contributed to McCain's loss in '08 was the fear that a wannabe beauty queen who thinks shooting wolves out of a helicopter has something to do with the 2nd Ammendment and that she can see Russia from her backyard was going to be a heartbeat away from the Presidency. If we'd known that McCain is in better health than could be expected from a former POW his age, the election might have turned out much differently.
1310633 tn?1430227691
My point was, that CNN didn't have to report this story.

If it'd been President Obama, or a semi-viable 2016 candidate from the Left, or anyone the Left considered important politically, it wouldn't have made the front-page, or even the 2nd, 3rd or 4th page. The story would have been buried and wouldn't have seen the light of day.

Case & point: The blurb we received regarding Hillary Clinton's health issues, and how much it was downplayed, post hospital release. Mainstream media reported it, yes, but it was downplayed to the N-th degree. Because if it'd been played UP, it might have effected her chances in 2016 (should she choose to throw her hat into the ring).

That's ALL I was trying to say. Apologies if that went over everyone's head (save R Glass & Barb).
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