Christie mum on phone conversation with former White House doctor
Credit: Tim Larsen, Governor's Office
By Matthew Arco | February 8th, 2013 - 4:57pm
| More

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie spoke with the former White House doctor who spoke on national TV about the governor’s weight, but that’s all he’s willing to discuss.

“I had a private conversation with Dr. Mariano and I intend to keep it private,” Christie said before promptly moving on to another question.

The comment came after Christie was asked during a Friday news conference about a report from a Phoenix TV station claiming New Jersey’s governor yelled at the former White House doctor over the phone.

“It was essentially the tone of the press conference, only louder,” Connie Mariano, a doctor for George W. Bush and Bill Clinton during their White House tenures, told KTVK. “It was hard to get anything across.”

Mariano told CNN earlier this week that she feared for the governor’s health if he were ever elected president.

The former White House doctor said she feared Christie “may have a stroke.”

The comments spurred immediate backlash from the governor during a Wednesday news conference. Christie called Mariano a “hack” in search of five minutes of fame and said the doctor should “shut up.”

“I don’t think he realized who he was talking to,” Mariano told KTVK. “I think I’m qualified to make a comment.”

The Republican physician said she no longer thinks she could back Christie if he decides to run in 2016.

“The way he acted lately I don’t think so,” she said. “He wasn’t very nice to me. Politically if this is the way [he handles] stress. … Is this presidential? I’ll have to think about that. Is this a presidential way to behave? C’mon.”

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: August 22nd

Fight of the Week: Donovan v. Pascrell Fight of the Week Bergen County Executive Kathe Donovan v. U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9) (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ) http://www.politickernj.com/79736/fight-week-donovan-v-pascrell     Paramus mayor's race: Candidates in closely-divided Bergen borough spar over taxes, towing issues PARAMUS - When voters go to the polls in November...

Op-Ed

White House’s Tuition Challenge Being Met in NJ

By MICHAEL W. KLEIN In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students.  The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have... Read More >

Contributors

(Asbury Park, NJ) -- There's a word for someone who says one thing and does another: hypocrite.  There's no shortage of 'em in Trenton -- from ... more »
(8-20-14) Can You Take the ‘Partisan’ out of ‘Partisan Politics’? - Redistricting will not take place for another seven years. Yet the debate has already... more »
    My Richard Nixon Ambivalence   Today is the fortieth anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s resignation address to the nation on August 8, 1974. At that time, I was ambivalent about... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"But things get touchy between LaBarbiera and LoCicero when it comes to taxes, the bete noire of politics in the statewide election bellwether, Bergen County."

- PolitickerNJ

Poll

Is President Barack Obama too aloof from politics?:

Blogroll

Visit the PolitickerNJ.com/resources page for links to the best collection of information on New Jersey state government.

 

  • Polls
  • The best blogs
  • Columnists
  • State election results
  • Assembly election results
  • Local party websites
  • And more.

PolitickerNJ.com/resources