NJ Gov. Chris Christie attends the '12-12-12' a concert benefiting The Robin Hood Relief Fund to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy presented by Clear Channel Media & Entertainment, The Madison Square Garden Company and The Weinstein Company at Madison Square Garden on December 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said it's "ridiculous" to think that he cannot be president because of his weight.
The Republican was responding to a query from Barbara Walters, who has tapped him as one of her "most fascinating people" of the year. Christie's weight is a perennial topic, both serious and comic, and he has often said he wishes he weren't so heavy.
ABC News released a clip of the interview, which airs Wednesday night, and in it Walters confesses to being a little sheepish about asking Christie "are you a little overweight?"
"More than a little," Christie responds.
When Walters says there are some people who believe Christie can't be president because of his weight and the impact on his health, the governor says his current job hasn't been affected.
"Well, I've done this job pretty well," Christie said. "I think people watched me for the last number of weeks during Hurricane Sandy doing 18-hour days and getting back up the next day and still being just as effective in the job, so I don't think that will be a problem."
Christie suffered a serious asthma attack last year, which landed him in a hospital emergency room for a few hours and raised questions about his health. He said it was the heat and humidity that sparked the attack, not his weight.
When the subject of heavy presidents comes up, William Howard Taft is often cited. The 27th president weighed more than 300 pounds and needed a special bathtub installed at the White House.