By The Associated Press
TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says his weight will not stop him if he decides to run for president in 2016.
In an interview with Barbara Walters that was shown on television Wednesday night, the governor said the idea that being overweight would make him an ineffective president is “ridiculous.”
“I’ve done this job pretty well,” Christie said. “And I think people watched me for the last number of weeks in Hurricane Sandy doing 18-hour days and getting right up the next day and still being just as effective in the job, so I don’t really think that will be a problem.”
Christie had been toying with running for president in this year’s election, but he decided against it and endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Christie will run for re-election in next year’s gubernatorial contest, he announced last month, and his name is frequently included in speculative lists of 2016 presidential candidates.
Walters interviewed Christie for her annual “10 Most Fascinating People” program, which was shown Wednesday night on ABC.
Christie’s discussion about his weight was the only portion of the interview that had been released by Wednesday evening.
But in an ABC News article posted online ahead of the show’s debut, the governor also talked about his political future and discussed his interactions with President Barack Obama, whom he enthusiastically praised in the week between Superstorm Sandy’s landfall and the presidential election.
“First of all, I didn’t help (Obama) win,” Christie said, according to ABC. “I was doing my job.”
When the two politicians were touring damage on the Jersey Shore, according to ABC, Christie said he made it clear that he still supported Romney, the president’s Republican opponent.
“I said, ‘You know, I’m not voting for you,’” Christie said. “And he said, ‘I never thought you were.’”
In addition to Christie, the television program included interviews with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, British boy band One Direction and the actor and director Ben Affleck, among other celebrities.
Wednesday’s television program was only the most recent national appearance for Christie. Particularly in the weeks since Superstorm Sandy hit, his star power seems to have strengthened, earning him an appearance on “Saturday Night Live” last month and making him a familiar face on the morning news shows.