|New Jersey Governor Chris Christie looks on while giving his State of the State address in Trenton, New Jersey, in this January 8, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Former White House physician Connie Mariano told KTVK-TV in Phoenix that New Jersey governor Chris Christie angrily called her after she gave an interview to CNN suggesting he’s at risk of having a heart attack or a stroke if he doesn't lose weight, according to reports from The Ticket.
While on CNN, Mariano described herself as a Christie supporter who wants him to run for president and warned the governor’s health could hurt his potential 2016 race. Her comments came after Christie appeared on the “Late Show With David Letterman” and poked fun at jokes about his weight by eating a doughnut during the interview.
Christie said Mariano’s comment was inappropriate and it scared his children.
Mariano countered that as a White House doctor to two presidents, she is used to giving chief executives tough talk about their health issues. She also said she is now rethinking whether she would support a Christie’s presidential aspirations.