TODAY | February 07, 2013
>> chris christie and his weight back in the light this morning after he lashed out at a former white house doctor who made critical comments about his size. mara schiavocampo has the latest on this. good morning.
>> reporter: good morning. talk of governor christie 's weight isn't new. this week he even joked about it during a late night appearance but the governor didn't find anything funny about a former white house doctor about his health.
>> he should shut up.
>> reporter: that's governor christie 's blunt response to comments from bill clinton 's former doctor, a retired navy admir admiral.
>> 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 2400 miles away . she must be a genius.
>> she spoke about christie 's weight on cnn.
>> i'm a republican so i like chris christie a lot. i want him to run. i just want him to lose weight .
>> people who have a medical license , have the privilege of having a medical license , should in my view conduct themselves more responsibly than that.
>> my position is more than a democrat or republican. i worry about this man dying in office.
>> my 12-year-old son comes to me last night and says, dad, are you going to die? come on, this is irresponsible stuff.
>> reporter: christie acknowledged he has a weight problem. a year and a half ago he was hospitalized from an asthma attack .
>> my doctor warned me my luck is going to run out soon. it's something i'm conscious of.
>> after years of david leno poking fun at his weight, christie and on the late show to show he, too, can get in on the joke.
>> how is your cholesterol.
>> dave, my cholesterol is normal, believe it or not.
>> that's pretty good. what about your blood sugar ?
>> blood sugar , also normal.
>> reporter: for dr. mariano, there's nothing normal about christie 's health. on monday she replied to christie 's complaints and say, it doesn't take a physician to look at him and know he's overweight. a comment christie has heard before and takes in stride.
>> i'm basically the healthiest fat guy you've ever seen in your life.
>> in past interviews christie said he has been dieting 30 years and a major struggle in his life. he doesn't think it will interfere with his ability to hold any office, including president.
>> mara schiavocampo, thank you so much.
>> he has come out time stand time again and said, would i be healthier if i could lose weight , absolutely. would i be at less risk for heart disease and diabetes, absolutely. he really took offense to that line about dying in office in front of his kids.
>> his kids heard it.
>> crossed the line.
>> to a doctor that hasn't examined him to make the assessment in a few years he could probably die, went too far.
>> scary to hear.
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