Chris Christie to Clinton doc: Shaddup
posted at 12:31 pm on February 7, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
“My 12-year-old son came to me,” Chris Christie told the media yesterday, “and asked, ‘Dad, are you going to die?'” The New Jersey Governor told that anecdote as context for his response back to former White House physician Dr. Connie Mariano. In his classically blunt style, Christie marveled a medical “genius” who could diagnose a patient from 2400 miles away without having ever met him, reviewed his medical records, or learned anything about his family history. “She should shut up,” Christie offered in the way of return advice:
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie responded angrily on Wednesday to a former White House physician’s comment that he could die in office if he does not lose weight, calling the doctor a “hack” for offering advice without examining him.
Connie Mariano, a doctor in the White House medical unit from 1992 to 2001, said in an interview on CNN that Christie, a blunt-spoken Republican who is seen as a strong contender if he decides to run for president in 2016, risks a heart attack or a stroke if he does not slim down.
“It’s almost like a time bomb waiting to happen unless he addresses those issues before running for office,” Mariano said.
Asked about the comments on Wednesday, Christie, who has spoken openly about his struggle to lose weight, said Mariano was out of line.
“I find it fascinating that a doctor in Arizona who has never met me, never examined me, never reviewed my medical history or records, knows nothing about my family history, could make a diagnosis from 2,400 miles away. She must be a genius,” Christie said, adding: “My children saw that.”
He called Mariano “just another hack who wants five minutes on TV.”
Recall, too, just how healthy Clinton was at the end of that eight-year medical relationship. I’d guess that Mariano is used to hearing “shut up” when offering unrequested advice.
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