- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 7, 2013

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie underwent lap band surgery in February in hopes of losing some weight for his family — fueling additional speculation that he is trying to slim down for a 2016 presidential bid.

The New York Post reported Tuesday that Mr. Christie said his friends and family helped convinced him to have the operation and that the Republican decided to have the procedure after turning 50 years old in September.

“I’ve struggled with this issue for 20 years,” Mr. Christie told The Post. “For me, this is about turning 50 and looking at my children and wanting to be there for them.”

Mr. Christie insisted that the survey was not tied to his political future, and The Post reported that “a source said he registered under a false name” on Feb. 16.

Mr. Christie told The Post the operation appears to be working.

“A week or two ago, I went to a steakhouse and ordered a steak and ate about a third of it and I was full,” Mr. Christie told The Post.

Mr. Christie has been open with his struggle to lose weight for years and his weight has made him a frequent target at late-night comedians.

He also joked about his weight at times.

Jokes aside, Mr. Chrisite’s weight — and related health concerns — has long been seen as one of the biggest roadblocks to a presidential run.

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