Why N.J. Gov. Christie wants leader of national guard to lose weight

23 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Chris Christie orders New Jersey National Guard leader to lose weight.

GOP presidential candidate Gov. The action comes after Christie’s staff told The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/1V6jBh9 ) that the governor was unaware the general had been reprimanded by the Pentagon about his weight and for repeatedly dodging physical-fitness tests. “The Governor has expressed directly to the General that his failure to meet that standard or to provide notification of his formal reprimand is both unacceptable and disappointing,” Christie spokesman Kevin Roberts said in an emailed statement.

Christie and Cunniff have been seen together in the past reviewing troops, but now New Jersey’s National Guard leader is scrutiny himself for not being in shape and flunking, and then skipping, physical fitness tests. But in statement, the governor, who has struggled with his own weight for years, including undergoing Lap-Band stomach surgery, said Cunniff didn’t tell him he was reprimanded. “Every individual in the military has to be combat ready … and he has to meet the physical standards, just like any other member of the U.S. The order comes following news that the Pentagon reprimanded Cunniff last year over his weight, as well as for missing required physical fitness testing. Cunniff flunked his last fitness test in November 2013, his first in three years, when his waist size was measured at 43.5 inches, 4.5 inches larger than regulation.

However, it is not clear how much weight Cunniff must lose in 90 days in order to “meet his obligations,” as Christie has requested. “Many people struggle with weight control – I am not immune from this,” the general said in a statement. “However, I do recognize that military members and leaders, like myself, are held to a higher standard. I take this matter seriously and am taking the necessary steps to remedy this issue.” Nearly half of US states had adult obesity rates above 30 percent in 2014, according to the latest data collected by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And just because Christie hasn’t publicly commented on his weight in regards to his presidential run, it may affect some voters’ perception of the governor. Experts suggest that voters often judge a leader on his or her looks in the current visual-age, regardless of political views. “We don’t want leaders that don’t control their body,” image consultant Sylvie di Giusto explained to the International Business Times, “because if they don’t control their body, how can they possibly control an entire country?”

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