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TIME Magazine Releases Shady Cover About Chris Christie’s Weight (PHOTO)

TIME Magazine Releases Shady Cover About Chris Christie’s Weight (PHOTO)

| On 12, Nov 2013

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TIME magazine knows they are wrong for this!

The latest issue of the magazine shows New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in silhouette with the title “The Elephant In the Room.” If that headline isn’t one of the most to-the-point jabs at Christie, I don’t know what is.

Let’s unpack this quickly.

Christie is being strongly considered as the front-runner for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. As his name grows in popularity, so do questions about his obese figure. The headline clearly has a double meaning. First, there’s the obvious look at his weight. Next is the fact that though Christie is overweight, some people have danced around the issue about how his health will hold up under a presidential campaign and possibly office.

Christie blew off the cover in true New Jersey fashion:

“Oh, who cares? I mean, seriously. I’m on the cover of TIME magazine, you know? It is certainly not the first weight joke that has been thrown my way over the course of the last four years, Chris. So, you know, it doesn’t matter to me. I haven’t seen the issue yet. I mean, I’ve just seen the cover … And if you’re going to be bothered by that kind of stuff, then you don’t belong in public leadership. They can say whatever they like. It’s fine by me,” Christie said on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.


This is one of those situations where I fully understand the true meaning behind the title, “The Elephant In the Room.” People don’t want to ask the tough questions about Christie’s health without seeming insensitive. That’s the true meaning behind the title, in my opinion. However, one could interpret the title as fat shaming. If I were one of the magazine’s editors, I may have passed on that particular verbiage.



Do you think TIME was inappropriate for its double entendre meaning of “The Elephant In the Room” in reference to Gov. Chris Christie’s weight?

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