Christie's doctor clears him to serve
TRENTON - Gov. Christie has "no medical limitations" and is fit to serve as governor, his doctor said in a report released Friday that said the admittedly overweight governor had adopted a healthy lifestyle and steadily shed pounds since undergoing gastric bypass surgery.
The governor, 51, had promised to release his medical records during a debate three weeks ago with his Democratic opponent, Barbara Buono.
Christie seeks a second term in the Nov. 5 election. He's also a potential candidate for president in 2016, having refused during the same debate with Buono to rule out such a run.
Christie's cardiovascular test results were normal, according to his cardiologist, Rachana Kulkarni, who said the governor had been under his care since January 2012.
The doctor said Christie had a history of hypertension for the last two years and asthma for the last 30 years but that "both conditions are well-controlled under his current medical regimen."
The governor recognizes he is overweight, the doctor wrote, but he has taken a number of steps in response, including undergoing gastric bypass surgery in February, adopting a healthy diet, and exercising four days a week for an hour at a time.
"He is able to finish the workout without any limitations," the doctor said.
Christie has steadily lost weight since February, the doctor said, without citing either his starting weight or current weight.
The governor, who is noticeably thinner, recently said he was more than halfway toward his weight-loss goal.
Christie has been "very compliant with his treatment and follow-ups and has taken all the measures towards primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases by aggressive management of his risk factors," the doctor wrote.
"He has no medical limitations and is fit to serve as the governor of the state of New Jersey," the doctor concluded.
Buono released her medical records last week, showing she was in excellent health.