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Chris Christie tells ex-White House doctor to ‘shut up’ about his weight

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is lashing out at a former White House doctor who said she worries about the governor dying in office because he is so heavy.

Former White House physician Connie Mariano made the comment in an interview with CNN. 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."

Christie joked about his weight this week with David Letterman.

The next day, he described himself as "remarkably healthy" but acknowledged his doctor "continues to warn me that my luck is going to run out relatively soon."

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  1. Christie is one of the very few Republicans who could mount a credible campaign against Hillary in 2016. His weight is/will be a serious consideration.