Christie's Secret Surgery

A weight-loss operation

Read into it what you will: that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie quietly underwent gastric lap-band surgery in February to shed pounds in order to gain more political heft for a presidential bid or, as he maintains, that he finally decided to slim down so he could be healthy for his four children.

Either way, the result could be a svelter Christie. Lap-band surgery is among the safest of the weight-loss operations, and the latest study of nearly 1,800 patients should be encouraging for the governor. The procedure, along with a healthier diet and a regular exercise program, helped morbidly obese...

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