by Corinne Wnek
Late night comedians, such as David Letterman, know that the sure way to hit the jackpot in ratings is to make fun of Governor Christie’s weight. A surer bet for high ratings is to have the Governor himself come on your show while you do this to him in person. Considering his short fuse and bluster, Chris Christie is surprisingly a good sport about it all. And that’s the problem. Why can’t our governor just lose some weight?
While I’m no fan of his rude and cutting manner to hard-working, middle class people who question him at town meetings, I marvel at the governor’s courage to decimate the masses that have resisted long overdue, common sense changes that are needed to make things better for us in New Jersey. Why, then, can’t he make long overdue, common sense changes that are needed to make himself better?
I’ll bet dollars to donuts that some of the ‘fat press’ the governor gets might actually endear him to those who fight the same battle of the bulge. And I’ll admit it was hilarious when Christie started to eat a Krispy Kreme in the middle of his interview with Letterman a few days ago. Still, watching him try to fit in the guest chair comfortably was, for me, a jolt back to his reality. He is obese.
The time has come to stop making jokes about Governor Christie’s weight even if it is easy to do. Comedians have a right to earn a living and a public figure, especially one larger than life like Christie, is fair game. But this otherwise smart and ambitious man’s sad physical shape is sending the wrong message to others.
Is he a stress eater who has diabetes lurking somewhere? What about his potential for stroke or heart attack? Or is he hiding behind poor self-esteem, a curse that haunts even hugely successful people? Does he lack self-control? All of which makes him very human, just not very funny.
Our governor has a bright political future on the national and perhaps the world stage. And sorry, but appearances do count. ‘Food education’ is more popular than ever in America today. Ask any kid who can no longer buy French fries in school during lunch. Surely the governor is aware of this.
So, note to Governor Christie: We want you around for a long time but we want you healthy. It’s time to get out that rabid, bulldog fighting instinct we have seen so often in you and aim it directly at your mid-section.
Be brave, Governor, and reach for the celery sticks because your size is no laughing matter.