TODAY   |  May 08, 2013

Chris Christie on Lap-Band surgery: I’m ‘not very hungry’

New Jersey governor Chris Christie is speaking out about his struggle with obesity and his decision to get healthy, telling NBC’s Brian Williams, “I did not want to take the risk of becoming unhealthy.”

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>>> 7:50 with new details on governor chris christie 's weight loss surgery . is he speaking out now in a "rock center" exclusive about why he decided to have the procedure.

>> i needed to do something.

>> the 50-year-old governor told brian williams he decided to pursue the surgery for the sake of his family after other efforts to lose weight were unsuccessful.

>> i did not want to take the risk of becoming unhealthy and the ramifications that would have for mary pat and for my four kids and i still have children in elementary school so i got a long road here as a father and i don't want to miss any of it.

>> reporter: after years of listening to david letterman poke fun at his weight, christie got in on the joke just two weeks after his surgery.

>> i didn't know this was going to be this long.

>> reporter: on tuesday there were more late night laughs at christie 's expense.

>> new jersey governor chris christie has revealed back in february, he had a secret lap band surgery . which explains why there's been so much food in new jersey lately.

>> reporter: christie sought advice from bariatric surgeon dr. george fielding and consulted rex ryan , the new york jets head coach who had successful lap band surgery himself.

>> the biggest thing about it for me is i'm just not very hungry anymore. that's a huge change.

>> and you can see more of brian williams 's interview with chris christie on "rock center" friday night at 10:00 , 9:00 central time on nbc.