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Channeling a viewpoint William Howard Taft would be proud of, Chris Christie defiantly told Barbara Walters it is “ridiculous” to claim he’s too fat to be President of the United States. The Governor of New Jersey, known best for his aggressive, yet good natured demeanor, has long been considered a potential presidential candidate by Republican strategists, but thanks to his work both before and after Superstorm Sandy, the politician now seems like he will be one of the frontrunners when primary season kicks into gear three years from now.

The exchange in question took place during Walters’ recently recorded series of interviews with the ten people she selected as the most fascinating of 2012. The sitdowns will air this evening during a special on ABC, but some of the more interesting exchanges have already begun leaking out. Luckily for Christie, he handled himself quite well. Here’s a portion of his actual response to the “are you too fat” question, as per The Washington Post
“I’ve done this job pretty well. I think people watched me for the last number of weeks during Hurricane Sandy doing 18-hour days and getting back up the next day and still being just as effective in the job, so i don’t think that will be a problem.”

Christie gave the keynote address during the Republican National Convention earlier this year, and since, he’s even stopped in for a segment on Saturday Night Live. Affable, highly intelligent and, yes, fat, he should be a force to be reckoned with in 2016, if, of course, he officially decides running for President is what he’d like to spend his time doing.
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