TODAY   |  November 08, 2013

Time magazine’s Christie cover spurs controversy

The newly re-elected governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, is on the cover of Time magazine with the headline “The Elephant in the Room,” which many people are saying is a jab at Christie’s weight rather than a reference to the Republican party’s mascot.

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>>> back now at 8:13 with what's trending today. matt had to leave a little early today . a lot of talk about this new cover of time magazine . have you seen it? for chris christie 's the cover story , it's on newsstands today. it features the headline the elephant in the room . now we all know the republican party mascot is an elephant but a lot of people that looked at this thought is this also kind of a jab about his weight? the cover was not meant to be expensive. when i first saw it that's the first thing i thought.

>> of course they did.

>> they meant to be provocative and make people talk about it.

>> the article was on cnn yesterday and he said yeah, he was making that jab so --

>> there you go.

>> but governor christie has sort of run into all the questions about his weight. he was on letterman that time and in the middle of the interview he pulls out a doughnut and starts eating it. he's working on it.

>> i don't think they had to go that far. i don't think people appreciate that but people can connect to a struggle with weight. so i think, you know, i don't think that's a bar to him seeking further political office .

>> absolutely not.