May 08, 2013 6:40am PT by THR Staff
Chris Christie Talks Weight Loss Surgery on 'Rock Center' (Video)
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, long the butt of jokes about his weight, opens up about his recent lap-band operation in an interview with NBC's Brian Williams airing Friday on Rock Center.
A video preview of the sitdown shows the Republican politician (and potential presidential contender) explaining that he secretly underwent the procedure in February (after consulting with weight-loss surgery specialist Dr. George Fielding) because he wanted to be healthy for his wife, Mary Pat, and their four children.
"Last fall, I was turning 50 and it really was a moment of reflection for me," Christie says. "And so I really just felt like for Mary Pat and for the kids that I needed to take a more significant step to try to get my weight under control so that I could have a really active next half of my life."
Christie, who mocked his size by eating a donut on The Late Show With David Letterman two weeks before surgery, added: "The biggest thing about it for me has been I’m just not very hungry anymore and that’s a huge change for me."