N.J. Gov. Chris Christie criticized for his weight, yet again

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s critics are once again attacking him for his largesse.

The most recent attack came from ABC’s Barbara Walters during an interview for her annual “Most Fascinating People” special, which airs tonight at 9:30pm Eastern time.

In the interview, a clip of which played on ABC’s “Good Morning America” today, Walters rudely asks the Republican Governor about how his weight would affect his ability to serve as President should he decide to run and be elected.

“OK, governor, I feel very uncomfortable asking this question when I’m sitting opposite you, but you are a little overweight,” Walters told Christie.

“More than a little,” Christie responded.

“Why?” Walters brazenly asked.

“If I could figure that out, I’d fix it,” Christie said.

“There are people who say you couldn’t be president because you’re so heavy,” Walters continued.

“That’s ridiculous. I mean, that’s ridiculous,” Christie tells her. “I don’t know what the basis for that it is.”

Walters: “I think they’re worried about your health.”

Christie: “Well 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.”

The loud-mouthed governor, who has been much aligned throughout his political career for his girth, was included in Walters’ “Most Fascinating People of 2012″ list for his superb reaction to Superstorm Sandy in late October, which devastated the Garden State and its infamous shoreline.

Christie’s approval numbers have surged among Jersey voters in the past seven weeks since the storm. The aggregate approval rating for the governor is 73 percent, according to Talking Points Memo’s PollTracker.

Governor Christie is up for reelection in November, and is currently the heavy favorite (no pun intended) to win. He holds a double-digit lead over popular Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who is a rising star in the Democratic Party and the candidate believed to have the best chance of making the race competitive next fall.

While New Jersey residents may have a more favorable opinion of their Chief Executive than they did before the hurricane,  not everyone in his own political party is currently enamored with him. Many conservatives have tried to pin some of the blame for Mitt Romney’s loss in last month’s presidential election on the New Jersey governor, citing his decision to publicly appear with President Obama while touring areas devastated by the storm and to forgo attending a rally in suburban Philadelphia 72-hours before Election Day as reasons the former Massachusetts Governor came up short.

Americans planning to watch the special in full tonight may have to DVR it. Tonight is also the “12-12-12” Concert at Madison Square Garden to benefit victims of Superstorm Sandy in Christie’s home state of New Jersey as well as New York and Connecticut. The concert will be headlined by several local acts, including John Bon Jovi, Billy Joel and Christie’s favorite musician, Bruce Springsteen.

Watch the clip of the video below. The relevant portion begins at the 1:30 minute mark.

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