I have to admit that when I first read your front page of U.S. 1 in the lobby of my Princeton Junction office, I was a little taken aback by the sarcastic headline double entendre regarding the weight of our newly elected governor. This was BEFORE I took the time to read Richard K. Rein’s article, however.

After careful review, (in fact I read it twice) I realized that you were “spot on” with your advice. Your comments were not meant as a partisan crack, but rather more of a “sobering” observation and helpful advice for our new governor. Let’s face it, being governor of “any” state is difficult, but New Jersey will take every bit of strength to help turn things around.

I am a sales manager for AI Technology Inc. and because of my job travel frequently. If I simply sat in planes, rental cars, and ate big meals with my expense account, I would be heavier than Christie. I make it a point to exercise each morning at a local gym. Once I get this out of the way, it wakes me up, gives me energy and I don’t even need coffee! In the summer I actually ride my bicycle some days to work from my home in Franklin Park along the canal route. I am 52 years old and am often told I look like I am in my middle 30s.

So here is my challenge to Governor Chris Christie: If you really want to lose weight and stay healthy and go for your second full term weighing 50 pounds less, send me an E-mail and I will work out WITH you!

I really want Governor Christie to succeed — not just because I voted for him, but because we need to turn this state around, get jobs back, motivate companies to do business here, and make New Jersey the state it once was when I grew up here in the 1950s and ’60s.

And most of all I really want to thank Mr. Rein for the STRAIGHT TALK! This country is so full of “overly sensitive” people afraid to give good advice and criticism. Losing weight and eating right can save someone’s life! Why not tell somebody the truth. It hurts a little to hear it the first time, but just imagine if it gets you angry enough to make a change in your life for the better. Maybe this time next year, you can run a similar front page picture with a thinner, more healthy governor! Hopefully by then our state will also be more healthy and ready for new challenges.

Richard Amigh

P.S.: Bill Clinton could have afforded to lose a few pounds as well. So as everyone should understand: This is a health and stamina issue and very important for the future of our country. I have been influenced by Asians I work with now and also during past business trips to Korea, Japan and Taiwan. Their stretching and walking regimens each day and their diets, high in fish and vegetables and few deep fried choices, should be studied carefully. They typically live a much longer and healthier life than most Americans.

U.S. 1 also received an E-mail from another reader who provided a less formal snapshot of the governor taken from behind. The caption was “Christie shows his best side” and the accompanying message read as follows: “Don’t you think he knows he’s fat? Someone who looks like this in the public eye should take a more responsible stand and take care of his health. Why not challenge the New Jersey population to a weight loss throwdown led by Christie himself? Now that’s something I could get ‘behind’.”

The writer, who works in commercial real estate, noted that “even if if I were a Republican, I couldn’t vote for someone so fat. It’s a sign of someone who appears to overindulge without caring or consciousness. Sorry: if you’re in the public eye, nothing is off-limits anymore.”

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