The Washington Times - May 7, 2013, 11:51AM

The people of the Garden State have spoken. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had specialized surgery and is now losing weight for political reasons, not for his personal health.

So says a reader poll from The Star Ledger, a statewide news organization that conducted the online survey.

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The findings reveal that 53 percent of the respondents agreed with the statement, “This is all about politics, plain and simple. A fitter Christie is a better candidate.”

The rest — 46 percent — agreed that Mr. Christie was dropping the pounds “for his health, and to be there for his family. How dare haters question his motivation?”


“I’m not going to second guess his motives, but let me tell you this: He’s 50. As I get older and he gets older, we all look at our mortality a little more closely,” State Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick told the newspaper.

“I support him for governor and I would support him for president. I’m assuming he’s doing this to be healthy, and that I also support,” the Republican said.

Is a svelte governor in the future? Could be. Meanwhile, Mr. Christie is upping his public presence.

NBC announced Tuesday that he’ll guest-host the “Today” show from the Jersey Shore on May 24.