Christie on Clinton's former physician: A 'hack' looking for five minutes of fame
Credit: Tim Larsen, Governor's Office
By Matthew Arco | February 6th, 2013 - 1:42pm
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SEA GIRT – Gov. Chris Christie lashed out against a former presidential physician Wednesday, saying the doctor who spoke on national TV about the governor’s weight “should shut up.”

The governor responded to statements former White House doctor Connie Mariano, M.D., made on CNN Tuesday evening, in which the physician to former President Bill Clinton said she’s “worried [Christie] may have a heart attack.”

Mariano also said she feared Christie “may have a stroke.”

The comments caused Christie to lash out before reporters, describing the doctor as a “hack” looking for five minutes of fame and calling her comments “irresponsible.”

“I find it fascinating that a doctor in Arizona who’s never met me [and] never examined me … could make a diagnosis from 2,400 miles away. She must be a genius,” he said. “This is just another hack who wants five minutes on TV.”

Christie described one of his young sons seeing the interview last night, saying the 12-year-old asked, “Dad, are you going to die?”

“My children saw that last night,” he said. “It’s completely irresponsible.”

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"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran

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