Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, whose long struggle with obesity has been raised as a political liability, secretly underwent weight-loss surgery three months ago, according to a statement from his office on Tuesday.
The surgery, which took place on Feb. 16, involved the placement of a silicone band around his stomach to reduce its size, limiting the amount of food he can take in but not altering his digestive process.
Mr. Christie, a Republican whose weight was an issue in previous campaigns and who is widely thought to be considering a run for president, disclosed the surgery in an interview with The New York Post in which he maintained that it had nothing to do with politics. “It’s so much more important than that,” he said.
“I’ve struggled with this issue for 20 years,” he said. “For me, this is about turning 50 and looking at my children and wanting to be there for them.” His office confirmed the accuracy of the published interview but declined to provide additional details.