The Washington Times - July 28, 2011, 01:15PM

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey was hospitalized Thursday morning after he complained of difficulty breathing.

A spokesman for the governor, Michael Drewniak, said Mr. Christie suffers from asthma and was taken to Somerset Medical Center in Somerville, N.J., “out of an abundance of caution.”

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Mr. Christie was released later in the day after undergoing a battery of tests.

“Everything came back normal,” he told reporters.

When asked by reporters if he thought his weight contributed to the asthma attack, Mr. Christie said that “the weight exacerbates everything.”

Mr. Christie was in Iowa earlier this week, spurring renewed speculation that he might run for the GOP nomination for president in 2012, despite his repeated assurances that he won’t.

The governor often tells audiences at townhall events that he has asthma, and he uses an inhaler.

Mr. Christie was scheduled to attend a bill-signing Thursday morning in Hillsborough, N.J., but that event was canceled.