NJ Newspaper Tells Newly Elected Governor to Get in Shape.

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From the US 1 Princeton Newspaper:

Manly Advice to the Governor-Elect: Get in Shape
by Richard K. Rein

Okay, Chris Christie, here’s some straight talk, just for you, to help you trim some of that rounded excess from your own personal body politic.

First pardon me for calling you Chris instead of governor-elect Chris Christie. But the fact is that, on this issue, you are no different from me or any of millions of other citizens fighting the battle of the bulge. You are one of us, Chris. No special treatment here.

Second let me address the response that worked so effectively during the campaign: How is the issue of your weight relevant to the way in which you will run the state of New Jersey? It’s not relevant at all, but now that we have elected you we also have an investment in you, and we voters — whether or not we supported you at the polls — have a vested interest in your success.

Obesity leads to illness, illness leads to dysfunction. A lot of us think that we have enough dysfunction in New Jersey. We can’t afford anymore. So, just as we in the media have given Barack Obama grief about his cigaret smoking, and just as we came down hard on Jon Corzine for failing to wear his seat belt, so we should give you some, let’s say, encouragement about living a healthy lifestyle. The election is over, and lots of us would like to see the governor do well, not get sidelined by a car accident or fall on his face from a heart attack. (In fact, the state has not had the continuity of a full two-term governor since Tom Kean left the statehouse in 1990; Christie Whitman’s term ended a year early when she was appointed to the Bush cabinet in 2001.)

And finally, I will argue, let’s dispense with all that mano a mano stuff that provided such a useful dodge during the campaign, when Corzine’s commercials alluded to your weight and you turned the challenge back to him: “Man up and say I’m fat,” you were quoted as saying. Corzine never did. But I will:

Chris, you’re fat.

Exactly how fat we don’t know because, according to an October 7 New York Times article addressing this “weighty” campaign issue, you have answered most every question about your weight except exactly how much you weigh. But we do know that at one point you lost 50 pounds but then gained most of it back. On another occasion you lost 40 pounds to win a bet, but the evidence suggests you put most of that back on, as well. We can only guess that someone whose weight battle is measured in 40 and 50-pound increments must be pretty hefty to begin with.

So to reaffirm our manhood, we will say it again: Chris, you’re fat.

Now, and more importantly, what can you do about it:

1.) Admit that you are part of the club. You can start by telling us how much you do weigh. As New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has said, in terms of running that complicated city, “if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” The same goes for your weight.

2.) Do some simple arithmetic. How many calories do you consume, how many do you need, and how many are burned off by just normal activities. And determine how that burn rate changes with age. You say you have been fighting to control your weight since you gave up organized sports as a teenager. Guess what, Chris: It only gets worse. You’re 47. The fight won’t be as easy when you are 62 (as I am).

3.) On the intake side, remember that “eating healthy” not only includes the types of food eaten but also the quantity. Eat a ton of broccoli and that’s still a lot of food and calories. Portion control has to apply to pretty much anything.

4.) Build some exercise into your daily routine. This is much more difficult than it seems. From reports written during the campaign, we know that you have worked with a personal trainer on occasion. This is nice, but possibly not enough. Given your duties, there will be times when matching your schedule with that of a trainer will never work out.

From one very busy professional to another, I would recommend that you have exercise opportunities available so that you can literally fall out of bed and get to an exercise machine. An elliptical machine, treadmill, exerbike, etc., should be nearby and in front of a wide-screen television that will help allay the inevitable boredom that comes with spending a half hour on them.

5.) Remember that, when it comes to exercise, it’s always easier not to. Every day something will pop up on the schedule that seems more important than spending a half hour breaking into a sweat. And some days you will fall off this exercise wagon. But it’s never too late to get back on it.

Final thought. It will be easy for you to dismiss all this health talk as more drivel from the liberal media trying to give a conservative more grief. So don’t take it from me: Take it from a fellow conservative governor, Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, who lost more than 100 pounds (280 to 170) after being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Read his 2005 book, “Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork,” subtitled a “12-Stop [not step] Program to End Bad Habits and Begin a Healthy Lifestyle.”

Huckabee, a proponent of small government, nevertheless believed that the public good might be served by several public and private measures, including employers allowing healthy people to convert sick days into vacation days; permitting exercise breaks instead of smoke breaks; and requiring restaurants to publish the caloric and fat content of their food.

Consider taking your fitness program public. Make New Jersey the “fitness state,” not just the Garden State. Lots of people would follow your progress and chart their own progress, as well. People will applaud every ounce of progress; and they will forgive the pounds that go back on. Hey, Chris, we are all in the club.

Here's the sauce for the original article:
http://www.princetoninfo.com/index.php?option=com_us1more&Itemid=6&key=12-16-2009%20RKR

There's a nice little section where you can comment, if you'd like.
 

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this writer's a big piece of ****.

"You can start by telling us how much you do weigh"

it's none of your fucking goddamn business.
 

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Fortunately for size acceptance, but unfortunately for those who don't like his politics, I tend to think that veiled attacks on Christie's weight actually backfired against the Corzine campaign...I think there will continue to be a backlash against this kind of rhetoric.
 

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Uncalled for rag quality garbage.
As if NJ. wasn’t already the most mismanaged, fiscally ignorant, state in the union our local media has to prove that they are just as irresponsible and stupid as the elected officials in Trenton every chance they can get.

This is one of the problems with so-called free speech and free press; too many stupid people take liberties with it.
 

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This is really horrific. Christie has absolutely zero imperative to share such personal information with anyone, and he sure as **** shouldn't be asked to. What a massively innappropriate thing to say. And to tie it into being a man is just revolting. Christie can prove his manhood by slashing the state payroll, reducing taxes, bringing jobs back to NJ, and fighting public corruption.

In the interest of full disclosure I'll say I'd love to know how much Chris Christie weighs but that's like just for perverted purposes. ;)
 

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There will always be people who think that someone else's weight is more important than the content of her character. A lifetime of experience has taught me that if someone's opponents stoop to criticizing her weight, it speaks far more about their own issues than about her, like their arsenal of criticisms must be running on empty. :rolleyes:

In this case, all that really matters is how well the Governor does his job.
 

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We've got a big mess in NJ government, and it's going to take a big man to fix it!

If our governor-elect's weight is all his critics can muster against him, let's count our blessings instead of calories! :)
 

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I can't wait to meet him and give him a big ole belly bump.... :)
 

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If this is a Princeton University school paper, there isn't much to do about it, but if this is a regular public newspaper I would suggest local Dimension members cancel their subscriptions and let this rag know why. Furthermore, since this originated in the "New York Times" I would encourage any Dimension member subsrcibers to cancel that rag as well and tell them how their insensitivity makes you feel.
 

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Wow. With all the **** going on in this country that we could be focusing on.. it's this.
 

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I may never have read such a sublime, perfect demonstration of ignorance in my life.
 

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Wow. With all the **** going on in this country that we could be focusing on.. it's this.

During the last election the Democrats realized they were going to lose and the Newspapers in Philly and NY started bashing the guys weight. Lots of people were pissed at this because they know the Newspapers only post what they are told and this move sealed the deal for the "Fat" guy to win.

The avg Joe doesn't care if you are fat, just do a good job!
 

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Thank you for this post, Soprano. Sounds vaguely familiar. Hope there's no negative backlash this time :D.
 

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I may never have read such a sublime, perfect demonstration of ignorance in my life.

I posted the above underneath the article, and got the following Pee-Wee Herman-ish reply via email:

"Gosh, Josh. I don't know. The governor has a bit of a weight problem, but I would never call him ignorant. RKR."

That's that!
 

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Thought I'd put my own two brown Lincolns in:
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U.S.1 should take an example from the COMIC BOOK titled "U.S.1" and cease publishing.

There is nothing business-y or entertaining about telling an elected official to lose weight instead of oh, doing something about the bad times in which we live.

If you want to do anything about "dysfunction in New Jersey" you should perhaps start with the way you treat people in the media.
 

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What is it with people? On one hand said people believe people should be fit and healthy, fair enough it is a noble course indeed BUT DAMN IT talking down to fat people like we are some lesser being and then wondering why the fat population of America isn't marching to the nearest gym angers me. This article represents all that I hate about the whole "Yo fatty, lose X number of pounds" school of thought, it lacks any compassion. The author of this article acknowledges that weight is something so many are battling the bulge including himself I assume ("we are all in the club"). Does said author offer words of encouragement? NO. The "we can do this speech" NO. All this article does is scathe a man because of his weight.

/rant
 

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Is this what passes for Journalism now? What a **** article. As long as he does a good job then there shouldn't be a problem.
 

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Is this what passes for Journalism now? What a **** article. As long as he does a good job then there shouldn't be a problem.
You are SO right. When Babe Ruth played baseball, his weight fluctuated, but he averaged around 270 pounds on his 6 foot frame.

During the time he was playing, the press downplayed Mr. Ruth's weight issues, and the fact that he often gorged himself on food during a game.

Today, he's still considered one of the greatest home run hitters of all time in baseball, and no mention is ever made these days of his weight.

Mr. Christie should be in the same boat. Years from now, his record should be the only criteria we use in how good of a governor he was.
 

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This article is bull ****. I am so happy I voted for Christy. Love the fat man, love his politics.
 

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I voted for Chris also.Corslime didn't do anything for us,I really don't get involved in politics but have been paying more attention lately due to our taxes going sky high.I also think Chris is kinda cute!
 

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