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Christie, Still Not Running for President, Runs Into a Medical Detour

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Posted on Jul 28, 2011
Associated Press / Mel Evans

Chris Christie, who maintains he will not run for president although he recently made a visit to Iowa and Mitt Romney declared the New Jersey governor as his second choice for running mate, was hospitalized Thursday after an asthma attack.

Conventional wisdom would suggest that someone of Christie’s obese proportions would not stand a chance in presidential politics—where entire newsrooms scrutinize waistlines and bald men stand a chance only if they are running against Hitler—but his name has been bandied about recently.

Time—and surely pollsters—will tell whether this medical episode affects Christie’s chances of winning an office he says he does not want.

He seems to be doing fine, by the way.

We cannot let an item about Christie end without drawing your attention to the “This American Life” episode, embedded below, that exposes his major claim to fame—a case that many are calling an abuse of the justice system.—PZS

AP via Google News:

The blunt-talking governor, who some Republicans have been trying to persuade to run for president, was taken to a hospital Thursday after he had difficulty breathing.

Christie, who uses an inhaler for asthma, was headed to a bill signing when he felt unwell. The 48-year-old walked into Somerset Medical Center at around 10:30 a.m., said Maria Comella, his deputy chief of staff.

Christie’s EKG, blood work and chest X-ray were normal, and the governor expects to be discharged from the hospital Thursday evening, Comella said.

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By Matthew, July 30, 2011 at 2:45 pm Link to this comment
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Politics aside, it’s not healthly to carry around that much weight.  If he doesn’t run for president, he might be wise to take up running.

That, and he kind of looks like Lou Costello.

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By John Swartz, July 29, 2011 at 3:16 pm Link to this comment
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Isn’t asthma a preexisting condition?  Funny he wasn’t excluded from receiving
healthcare years ago.

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By Denise Johnson, July 29, 2011 at 11:46 am Link to this comment
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Isn’t he lucky he had government funded health insurance.

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By GoyToy, July 29, 2011 at 11:05 am Link to this comment

Fat Americans, and there are lot of them, would vote for another fat guy for prez cause we like to elect people who look like one of us. Big reason why we have no real leadership.

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By Go Right Young Man, July 29, 2011 at 9:20 am Link to this comment

TDoff,

Flail about trying to save-face all you want, you horrendous piece of shit.  What you wrote here about another human-being is deplorable.

Let me make this clear.  You are a putrid and disgusting individual.

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By rend`, July 29, 2011 at 8:58 am Link to this comment
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my man need to wack back the cheap carb load and tap some of those fat stores.

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By TDoff, July 29, 2011 at 7:54 am Link to this comment

GRYM, Geez, I compliment you on finally speaking a few words of truth, and you clumsily attempt to falsely insult/threaten me? I return to my original correct assessment of you, you are an irrelevant nonentity, of which I shall think/speak no more. Except to wonder…are you, by chance, an unknown offspring of the Bachmann clan? Or the identitwin of an infant male Palin?

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By TDoff, July 29, 2011 at 7:15 am Link to this comment

Finally, finally, GRTM speaks a few words of truth on a subject of which he and his ilk are intimately familiar and practice incessantly: Hypocrisy.

Now give us your definition of ‘Dumb’, GRYM. Please, if possible, without reciting your entire life story.

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By Go Right Young Man, July 29, 2011 at 4:40 am Link to this comment

Hypocrisy: a feigning to be what one is not or to believe what one does not; especially : the false assumption of an appearance of virtue

Queenie, berniem, TDoff.

Each of you have whined incessantly, like petulant children, about the really really mean words from those republican bad men.

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By r nemo, July 29, 2011 at 2:50 am Link to this comment
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The man is clearly obese! I don’t think we need to have an obese
man in the white house. It sets a bad example for a country
already way too fat! Especially one who is so stupid and
possessed by the demon of conservatism.

Besides he would break the chair in oval office!

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By berniem, July 28, 2011 at 5:35 pm Link to this comment

Perhaps this is Nature’s way of saving the voters of NJ having to recall this self-serving ogre!

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By Queenie, July 28, 2011 at 5:20 pm Link to this comment

“He seems to be doing fine, by the way.”

Shit. Big mouth. Fat head. Lard arse.

He had difficulty breathing because his gut is cutting off his lungs. The moron.

I hope he isn’t lecturing union firemen in the above picture. He just might need rescuing.

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By TDoff, July 28, 2011 at 2:02 pm Link to this comment

Too bad about Chris. Had Christie been formally, officially declared brain-dead while hospitalized, he could have entered and won the republican primary, no contest, over all the other candidates, whose mental states are in doubt.

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