New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is noticeably slimmer after undergoing lap-band surgery three months ago, and credits the weight-loss procedure for freeing him of his compulsive obsession with food.
“This seems, at least for the first 13 weeks, to be getting at the root of the problem, which is that I was hungry all the time,” Christie told People May 29. “I’m not nearly as interested in food as I used to be.”
While Chris is working out regularly and following a healthy, portion-controlled diet, he still dislikes vegetables. “It hasn’t all of a sudden made me a huge vegetable fan,” said Christie, who said the only vegetables he’ll eat are green beans, lettuce and cucumbers.
Christie, 50, got the lap-band procedure on Feb. 16. He has reportedly lost over 40 pounds so far. The gastric-band procedure involves having a silicone band placed around the stomach to create a pouch the size of a golf ball, limiting the amount of food the patient is able to ingest. Basically, it’s a very-low-calorie diet.
Christie was inspired to get the operation after seeing how slim and fit New York Jets coach Rex Ryan looked after losing 106 lbs after undergoing the surgery in 2010.
Chris is happy with his progress, but is leery of getting overconfident for fear he may regain the weight. While Christie won’t reveal how much he weighs or exactly how many pounds he has lost, he’s thrilled that he no longer feels the constant need to eat.
“I could not conceive of not being hungry [before getting lap-band],” he said. “The real turning point for me was turning 50. I turned 50 in September and I just felt like I had been really fortunate from a health perspective and that I hadn’t paid any price at all for being really overweight.
While many have speculated that Christie got the surgery to boost his chances for a Republican presidential nomination in 2016, he said his health and his family were his primary motivation.
“It has nothing to do with the performance of my job,” said the father of four. “I did it for myself, for Mary Pat and the kids. I’ve never been embarrassed about being overweight. I’ve been angry about it at times, but never embarrassed. I don’t think anybody should be.”
When asked whether he plans to run for president, Christie said he’ll cross that bridge when he comes to it.
“I have a job to finish here [as governor of New Jersey],” he said. “Anything I do with my career in the future, the kids have input, but I decide with Mary Pat.”