Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who has been lukewarm on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie since his landslide re-election last Tuesday, took a swipe at his weight in an interview with CNN, saying that “it’s been extreme” and that “it’s hard for some people not to comment on.”
Mrs. Palin, the conservative provocateur who was the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, also said that should a woman run for president, she can expect sexism, “but you overcome it.”
“Hillary Clinton was mistreated when it came to appearances, when it came to wardrobe — petty, superficial things that the men don’t ever seem to hear much about, but a woman candidate will,” she said.
But, it was pointed out, Mr. Christie has heard about his appearance.
“That’s because it’s been extreme, OK?” Mrs. Palin said. “So it’s hard for some people not to comment on.”
Time magazine recently ran a cover with a silhouette of Mr. Christie and the cover line “The Elephant in the Room.” Making the rounds on the Sunday shows this week, Mr. Christie shrugged off knocks on his weight.
He has poked fun at it in the past as well — he once ate a doughnut during an appearance on “Late Show With David Letterman” — but he also has lost a significant amount of weight after undergoing lap-band surgery earlier this year.