Nightly News   |  February 05, 2013

Christie: ‘I’m the healthiest fat guy you’ll ever meet’

During an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie insisted his overall health is good, a sentiment he reaffirmed in a press conference Tuesday. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> new jersey governor chris christie took advantage of his first-ever appearance on david letterman last night to hit a big issue head-on and it happened right in the middle of their conversation.

>> i didn't know this was going to be this long. i'm like basically the healthiest fat guy you've ever seen in your life.

>> the governor insisted his overall health is good, including cholesterol and blood sugar . but then this afternoon, president clinton 's former white house physician, dr. connie mariano , was quoted by cnn as saying, i'm worried about this man dying in office. at an afternoon press conference in new jersey, the governor chose to then get serious on the topic of his 30-year struggle with his weight.

>> so far, up to 50 years old, i've been remarkably healthy. and you know, my doctor continues to warn me that my luck is going to run out relatively soon, so believe me, it's something that i'm very conscious of.

>> the governor said last night and today, that like all people who struggle with weight, he thinks about it constantly, and it's a major topic of conversation in his family.