New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced Tuesday he had gastric band surgery, but he said it was for his health and not for political reasons.
"It's not a career issue for me," Christie said. "It is a long-term health issue for me and that's the basis on which I made this decision. It's not about anything other than that."
The New Jersey governor said family was on his mind when he scheduled his surgery. He wants to make sure he's there for them.
"A good personal policy decision may certainly have political benefits, but that's not what motivates him," former New Jersey Republican Party chairman Tom Wilson said. "When he says this is a choice based on long-term health and a desire to spend as much time on this Earth with his family, I believe him."
Christie is considered a major contender for the GOP nomination in 2016, and losing a significant amount of weight can only work in his favor.
Christie aids say he's lost 30 pounds since the operation, and doctors say he could lose up to 75.