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Chris Christie had weight-loss surgery in secret

Size is an issue as he ponders political future

NEWARK — Governor Chris Christie, who once famously called himself ‘‘the healthiest fat guy you’ve ever seen,’’ disclosed Tuesday he had secretly undergone weight-loss surgery, a major new step by the potential Republican presidential contender to address both his health and a political vulnerability.

The stakes are high for Christie, with medical professionals and campaign strategists alike suggesting there is no more serious barrier to his personal well-being and national ambitions than his weight.

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