While putting an end to speculation that he would join the presidential race, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday spoke out about "serious commentators" who have judged his abilities as a leader based on his weight.
"I don't think undisciplined people get to achieve great positions in our society," Christie told reports. The critics "further stigmatize people in a way that is really irrelevant to people's ability to do a particular job."
The rotund Republican has taken heat for his waistline, escalating recently as buzz surrounding a presidential bid increased.
As for comedians who have used his weight as fodder for jokes, Christie said: "As long as they're funny, what the hell do I care?"