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Published on NewsOK Modified: May 7, 2013 at 4:35 pm •  Published: May 7, 2013
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NOVEMBER 2012: At a news conference, Christie jokingly declines to answer a question about Hostess shutting down and ceasing to produce Twinkies. "This is a setup! I am not answering questions on Twinkies, no, no, no, no, no, no," he says. "It's bad that I even said the word 'Twinkie' from behind this microphone." His office later distributes a video of his Twinkies riff.

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DECEMBER 2012: In an interview with Barbara Walters for her "10 Most Fascinating People" special on ABC, Christie says he's "more than a little" overweight but fit enough for the White House. The newswoman says some people say he's too heavy to be president. "That's ridiculous," Christie responds. "I don't know what the basis for that is."

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FEB. 4, 2013: Christie makes light of his weight on an appearance on NBC's "Late Night with David Letterman," eating a doughnut as Letterman asks him if he's bothered by jokes about his weight. Christie says the topic is "fair game" for comedians and reads some of Letterman's previous zingers and describes himself as "the healthiest fat guy you've ever seen in your life." At a news conference the next day, he says: "The idea that somehow I don't care about this, of course I care about it, and I'm making the best effort I can." He also gives what can now be read as a hint about the surgery, saying he had a weight-loss plan: "Whether it's successful or not, you'll all be able to notice."

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FEB. 6: Christie lashes out at Dr. Connie Mariano, who served as White House physician from 1992 to 2001, for her comments about his weight on CNN. She says she'd like to see Christie run for president but that he needs to lose weight or risk a heart attack or stroke. "I'm worried about this man dying in office," she tells the network. Christie says that unless she gives him an exam and learns his family history, "she should shut up."

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FEB. 16: Christie secretly undergoes weight-loss surgery at NYU Medical Center.

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MAY 7: Christie makes public his surgery in an interview with New York Post. In a book out the same day, "Obsessed: America's Food Addiction — and My Own," by MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski with Diane Smith, Christie talks about his weight struggle and the brutal comments he says have been directed at him over his size. In a news conference, Christie says he did not plan to tell the public about his procedure, and says the decision to have it was not made for political reasons. "This is a hell of a lot more important to me than running for president," he says. "This is about my family's future."