Americans everywhere are waking up to see Chris Christie reelected as the Governor of New Jersey. They are seeing a much slimmer version of Christie, however, online and on the front pages of several newspapers in the tri-state area.
According to an article from USA Today, Christie had a gastric bypass surgery in February of 2013 due to family considerations and personal issues. Since the surgery, there have not been nearly as many comments regarding Christie’s weight in the news and his weight loss has seemed to help him pave the way to a landslide victory over challenger Barbara Buono yesterday.
But did it really help? Would his weight loss have had a significant effect on the results of the governor’s race?
“I think he would have still won by a wide margin if Christie hadn’t slimmed down,” said Danny Shin, a junior at Communications High School. “I don’t really like Christie, but Buono stood no chance against him.”
A Quinnipiac University survey in February showed that Christie was still far ahead in the polls, with a 62-25 percent margin over a then unknown democratic challenger. In yesterday’s election, Christie defeated Buono by over 20 points: a 60-39 percent margin, according to CBS News.
So maybe his weight didn’t play too much of a role in yesterday’s election. But with Christie most likely running for President in 2016, there is a still a possibility that it may play a small part.