Well, the Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, phoned Dr. Connie Mariano and pretty much told her off.
The public conversation has been something like this.
“I worry that [Gov. Christie] may have a heart attack, he may have a stroke,” Mariano told CNN earlier this week. “It’s almost like a time bomb waiting to happen unless he addresses those issues before running for office.”
Christie did not take the criticism well, firing back at the doctor from a news conference he held in New Jersey.
“If she wants to get on a plane and come here to New Jersey and ask me if she wants to examine me and review my medical history I will have a conversation with her about that,” Christie said. “Until that time she should shut up.”
“She must be a genius,” the Republican governor continued sarcastically. “She should probably be the surgeon general of the United States, I suspect, because she must be a genius. I think this is – listen, this is just another hack who wants five minutes on TV.”
After these comments, Mariano said Christie called her and yelled at her.
“It was essentially the tone of the press conference only louder,” she said. “It was hard to get anything across.”
“I don’t think he realized who he was talking to,” Mariano told 3TV, adding that it’s common for medical experts to weigh in on the health concerns of potential presidential candidates. “I think I’m qualified to make a comment.”
And, so does the good doctor still think that Chris Christie is a Presidential contender?
I would say that would be a NO.
Ironically, Mariano has been a Christie supporter and identifies herself as a Republican. However, she said her future support for a potential Christie run in 2016 is damaged.
“The way he acted lately I don’t think so. He wasn’t very nice to me,” she said. “Politically if this is the way [he handles] stress… is this presidential? I’ll have to think about that. Is this a presidential way to behave? C’mon.”
Americans don’t like a BULLY and certainly one that controls the White House. The damage that Christie has done to any future national run for office is probably more fatal than his obesity.
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