Christie loses weight, readies budget

Trenton is feeling the calm before the storm right now -- and not just because of the snowstorm supposedly on our way. (The gov says you can never trust weather forecasters anyway, because they lack accountability, like teachers).

Tomorrow is B-Day - when Christie drops a budget that is expected to anger Democrats and labor unions while making Tea Partiers from here to Madison, Wisc., smile wide. Click here for a compelling political analysis on the budget from my colleague Maya Rao.  And check out her story Sunday, here, for what programs the governor might be slashing.

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Gov. Christie with Lt. Gov. Guadagno at a press conference on Friday. (Matt Katz/STAFF)

Still, that doesn't mean there isn't stuff to talk about. This weekend the Associated Press reported that the heavyset gov is working out with a trainer three times a week, eating better and losing weight. Read that story here.

The gov wouldn't say exactly how much weight he's lost, and that keeps with a theme: He hasn't told us anything at all about what he plans to cut in the budget. The next story? Whether budget negotiations with the Legislature add fat back into the spending plan.

You know what they say: It's easier to take it off than keep it off.