Sharpton to Christie ‘call me’ for diet help

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during a news conference in Trenton, N.J. on Dec. 7, 2012.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during a news conference in Trenton, N.J. on Dec. 7, 2012.
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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s weight has been a hot topic since before he was elected to his job, and the conversation was sparked again after his Monday night appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Christie called out Letterman for his habit of making weight-related jokes about the him, and even jokingly pulled out a donut in the middle of the interview.

On Tuesday’s PoliticsNation, Rev. Sharpton cheered on Christie for being willing to “have fun” and joke around, but he also offered to give Christie some advice about losing weight.

“Governor, if you’re ever serious about dieting, I know a guy you can get some advice from,” he said. “Call me.”

Sharpton knows a thing or two about weight loss, having dropped more than 100 lbs since he began a serious diet and exercise regimen some years ago. That plan includes daily exercise and a strict diet focusing on salads and the occasional dinner with fish.

Christie reiterated to reporters on Tuesday that he’s concerned about his weight, and that he has good and bad times while working to control it.

“I’m making the best effort I can, and sometimes I’m successful and other times I’m not,” he said. “And other times periods of great success are followed by periods of great failure.”

Christie added that he’s been remarkably healthy despite his weight but that he and his doctor are conscious of the fact that his luck could run out. He refuted the idea that his weight in any way prevents him from accomplishing his duties as governor, pointing to his record as proof against that.

Christie also said he was beginning a new “plan” to help bring down his weight that day. Governor, if you need help, don’t forget that Rev. Sharpton’s just a phone call away.

Watch Christie’s press conference below 



Sharpton to Christie 'call me' for diet help