Last year, Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson had some advice for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: “Find some way to lose weight.” It is advice Robinson gave in his Washington Post column and later on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” His argument was Christie needed to use his weight loss to set an example for a country fighting a so-called obesity epidemic.
But Christie wasn’t receptive to Robinson’s criticism. On Wednesday’s broadcast of “Morning Joe,” Christie spoke about an interview he conducted with Oprah Winfrey, where he was open about his weight struggle. However, he also criticized Robinson for being ignorant about certain aspects of that issue.
“It wasn’t hard for me,” Christie said. “The fact is she asked me questions, I answered them, and I told the truth and I told people how I feel. It is a struggle. It has been a struggle for me a lot of years. And so, I hope that other people in the country understand. And I appreciate what you all have been doing and when ignoramuses like Eugene Robinson get on your show and start saying the stuff they say about weight and someone should have a salad and take a walk. I mean, you know as far as I’m concerned, guys like that shouldn’t have a platform to speak because they’re so ignorant.”
Christie told “Morning Joe” viewers he wasn’t going to hide the fact that his weight issue was “a challenge” and promised to continue being honest about questions regarding his weight.
“This is a struggle that people have, like a lot of other struggles that people have in life,” he continued. “I am going to be honest about the things that are a challenge to me. And in any way that helps other people, I’m thrilled by it. But all I was trying to do was honestly answer questions about my life that Oprah asked. Because if you go on one of those shows, you have an obligation to honestly answer those questions.”
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