I love politics, but if you know me then you know why I don’t discuss it on my blog. That being said, I’d like to talk about a politician for a moment. His name is Chris Christie.
He is running for governor across the river, in New Jersey. And his opponent, John Corzine, has been busy attacking him over the last few days. But his attacks are not about education or taxes or the environment…they’re about Mr. Christie’s weight.
I find it appalling that John Corzine would attack his opponent in such a personal and insulting way, but that’s politics, right? And though I would prefer to see Governor Corzine attack Mr. Christie regarding actual political issues, he has chosen to bring his weight to the table.
Mr. Christie is morbidly obese – like me, but does that mean he can’t be an effective governor? Does it mean he can’t set the kind of example he should set as the man leading that state?
You probably already know my stance, but let me be clear anyway. Chris Christie’s weight will not impede his ability to fulfill his duties as governor.
We all have personal struggles, and perhaps weight is a struggle for Mr. Christie. But maybe it’s not at the top of his agenda. Maybe he is comfortable with himself and confident that he could be good for the state of New Jersey.
I understand that obesity is an epidemic, and I am doing what I can to make myself a healthier person because I want to be healthy and fit. And because I don’t want to spend the rest of my life being criticized by strangers in my personal and/or professional life.
I don’t talk about work on my blog…ever. But believe me, I know how hard it is to be fat while working as a professional. I know what it’s like NOT to fit the profile of others in my field, but I also know that I am very good at what I do – even at my present weight. And for these reasons, I can be sure that Chris Christie will do his job, regardless of his size.