‘Time’ cover calls Christie ‘elephant in the room’
Catalina Camia, USA TODAY12:20 p.m. EST November 7, 2013
The line on Time magazine’s cover story package about New Jersey Gov. Christie is generating some buzz.
“The Elephant in the Room,” reads the cover line on the issue that will hit newsstands Friday. The stories inside take a look at Christie’s impact on the Republican Party — whose mascot is an elephant — and what his landslide re-election this week means if he decides to run for president in 2016.
Some people are reading the cover line as a slap on Christie’s weight.
Greta Van Susteren of Fox News was clearly not pleased in a post on Twitter. “Elephant, really? you know there was chuckling in the newsroom.”
David Webb, a conservative talk show host in New York City, said on Twitter that the cover line “mocks” Christie’s weight. “Is this acceptable to Americans?” he asked.
Karen Tumulty, a former Time political reporter now at The Washington Post, called the headline “lazy, stupid” in a tweet.
Christie has long had to answer questions about his weight. Earlier this year, he underwent lap-band surgery and told CNN in an interview this week that he is more than halfway to his weight-loss goal.
Rachana Kulkami, Christie’s physician, released a letter Oct. 25 stating Christie “has no medical limitations and is fit to serve as governor.” But she did not specifically state how much he weighs.
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