Doctor Does Not Regret Making Comment About Christie’s Weight [VIDEO]
The former White House doctor who offered unsolicited advice to Governor Chris Christie about his weight during a CNN interview said she received a phone call from the Republican after he advised her to âshut upâ during a press conference.
Dr. Connie Mariano, talking to CNNâs Anderson Cooper, would not reveal the details of their conversation. She called Christieâs public response âshockingâ and told Cooper she would not use the words âgraciousâ and âappreciativeâ to describe the tone and reiterated that while she still would like to make him make a run for the White House her comments are ânot about politics.â
She does not regret making her comment about Christie dying in office if he was elected President. âI am sorry he took it that way..he was almost killing the messenger,â she told Cooper. Mariano admitted she has not examined the Governorâs medical records but says she worries about risk factors when she sees him.
âItâs not a laughing matter,â she said about Christieâs comment on Monday night to David Letterman that he is the âhealthiest fat guy youâll ever see.â Mariano says you donât need to be a doctor..to realize he has aproblem with weight.â She is concerned that he may have issues related to obesity including hypertension and diabetes.
The Scottsdale, Ariz., doctor says she’d like to see Christie run for president in 2016 but that he needs to lose weight. She worries he could have a heart attack or stroke.
The 50-year-old Republican governor said Wednesday that unless Mariano gives him a physical exam and takes his family history, “she should shut up.”
The Associated Press contributed to this story