Gov. Christie opened the week by splitting a jelly donut with David Letterman in a well-received "Late Show" bit that mixed discussion of Sandy recovery with some good-natured poking fun at his girth.
He ended it, apparently, by yelling at the former White House doctor who told CNN that she worried about the governor's health.
Dr. Connie Mariano had said that she was concerned that Christie would die of a stroke or heart attack, complicating any presidential ambitions.
Christie responded at a press conference: "She must be a genius. Listen, this is another hack who wants five minutes on TV." Christie said that his 12-year-old son saw the comments and asked: "Dad, are you going to die?"
Christie also told Mariano to shut up. Standard.
But that wasn't all. Christie followed up with a phone call to Mariano, according to a TV report this morning out of Phoenix (below).
"It was essentially the tone of the press conference -- but louder," Mariano said of the call. "It was hard to get anything across.”
She said he pretty much yelled through the entire time.
Christie has apparently drawn a distinction between comedians making fun of him for being fat (which he says is OK as long as the jokes are funny) and commentators diagnosing him for being fat (which he says is inappropriate unless you're examining him directly).
On Letterman, Christie said he was "basically the healthiest fat person you've seen in your life." But later, he said that his doctor "continues to warn me that my luck is going to run out relatively soon, so believe me it's something I'm very conscious of."
All of this has given fodder to the national media, which is obsessed with Christie's weight.
Politico did a massive write-up looking at the political and presidential implications of his weight. In an "exclusive" on E!, a Real Housewife of New Jersey, Teresa Giudice, invited Christie over to her house so she could "cook him a meal" and "hit the gym" together. The ladies at "The View" chimed in (all at once, of course). Wonkette insinuated he was being sexist to the "lady doctor." And MSNBC held a roundtable to see if his reaction to the fat comments indicate he doesn't have the "temperment" to be president.
Controversies over billion-dollar Sandy rebuilding contracts? Vetoes of a minimum-wage increase, affordable housing measures and internet gambling?
None of that apparently matters, because the governor is fat.