When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie fessed up about his recent weight-loss surgery, speculation ran amok he did it only for political reasons.
We'd like to think the rotund Republican had his wife, four kids and his long-term health in mind, too. Regardless, the chatter made us buzz about other public officials who underwent similar weight transformations.
Take, for instance, former President Bill Clinton, once well-known for his fondness for McDonald's and other fast food. Heart surgery and his conversion to a plant-based vegan diet transformed Clinton into a svelte elder statesman.
Then there's conservative commentator Mike Huckabee, who shed 110 pounds when he was governor of Arkansas. His high-profile efforts included running the Little Rock Marathon and penning a book: “Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork.” Some of Huckabee's weight has returned, but he's still shy of the 300-plus pounds he once carried.
Scanning before and after images of Clinton and Huckabee made us wonder, what will a more chiseled Christie look like? Will he resemble “Sopranos” star James Gandolfini or funnyman Jimmy Kimmel? Or how about Bruce Springsteen, Christie's rock idol?
Help us find Christie's thinner doppelganger by submitting a suggestion in the comments below. We'll share the winner in an upcoming issue of 4you, The Tampa Tribune's health and fitness magazine.