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New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who admitted last week that he underwent weight loss surgery in February, has spoken publicly about his struggles.
Christie said last week, after unveiling that he underwent lap-band surgery in an effort to lose weight that he had no intention of speaking further about the issue. But during a Wednesday book signing at Barnes and Noble, it appeared the governor had a change of heart. The signing was attended by Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, the co-hosts of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," in promotion of Brzezinski's new book "Obsessed."
When asked by Scarborough about his surgery, Christie admitted that his struggle with weight loss came to a climax when he discovered that his casual weekend clothes were no longer fitting.
"I'd be going out with Mary Pat on a Friday night or Saturday night," Christie said, according to NorthJersey.com. "I'd be changing out of my professional clothes ... and would go to casual clothes that I didn't wear a lot, and then something wouldn't fit. That's when I'd really be angry with myself."
The New Jersey governor also revealed that there were moments when he lost all sense of control. At his lowest moments, he felt helpless.
"The things that really got me down, the moments where I would say to myself, 'Why can't I beat this? Why can't I do better?'" he said.
Christie explained the issue of obesity and losing weight as one that many people can't understand.
"It's not as simple as, 'Push yourself away from the table and you'll be fine,'" he said.
Now running for a second term in office, the governor added that he appreciated the support from he had received from some of his voters.
"I don't mind those kinds of conversations where people say, 'I'm concerned about you; we need you to be governor, we need you to lose weight,'" he noted.