Christie was angry that Mariano went so far as to suggest that his weight might jeopardize his ability to continue as governor in addition to costing him future elections and said it was very irresponsible to comment on his weight in public since she has never met or even treated the Governor.
“I’m worried about this man dying in office,” Dr Mariano told CNN.
“I find it fascinating that a doctor in Arizona who has never met me, never examined me, never reviewed my medical history or records, knows nothing about my family history, could make a diagnosis from 2400 miles away,” the traditionally tough-talking governor said. “She must be a genius. She should probably be the surgeon general of the United States, I suspect, because she must be a genius.”
Christie also said his youngest son was especially upset by the doctor’s comments that he might die in office. Christie said he would only value her opinion if she called and asked to meet with him personally in order to talk in confidence. But he called former President Bill Clinton’s personal physician a “hack” for mouthing off about his weight on national television without having first-hand knowledge of Christie’s medical records.
“This is just another hack who wants five minutes on TV,” Christie said. “And it’s completely irresponsible, completely irresponsible … and people who have a medical license, who have the privilege of having a medical license, should in my view conduct themselves more responsibly than that. If she wants to get on a plane and come here to New Jersey and asks me if she wants to examine me and review my medical history, I’ll have a conversation with her about that. Until that time she should shut up.”
At a press conference Tuesday, Christie was again asked about his weight.
“If you talk to anybody in this room who has struggled with their weight what they will tell you is that every month, every year there’s a plan, there’s a plan. And so the idea that somehow I don’t care about this, of course I care about it and I’m making the best effort I can. And sometimes I’m successful and other times I’m not, and sometimes periods of great success are followed by periods of great failure,” Christie answered at a firehouse Tuesday in Union Beach, N.J.