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Opening Arguments

So long, Fatso

I've seen a lot of speculation today about whether this means the governor is getting serious about a presidential run:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie secretly underwent lap-band stomach surgery to aggressively slim down for the sake of his wife and kids, he revealed to The Post last night.

The Garden State governor agreed to the operation at the urging of family and friends after turning 50 last September.

He told The Post he was thinking of his four kids and how it was time to start improving his health when he decided to have the procedure.

“I’ve struggled with this issue for 20 years,” he said. “For me, this is about turning 50 and looking at my children and wanting to be there for them.”

As others have pointed out, good for him for thinking about his health and his family. But I'm perverse enough to think this about his political future: Resorting to surgery instead of toughing it out with diet/liefestyle changes tells me he is short on willpower and discipline. He knows the right thing to do but can't bring himself to do it, so he took a shortcut. Is that who I want in the White House?