NJ governor: Weight-loss surgery was for family

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FILE - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie answers a question in this April 30, 2013 file photo taken in Long Beach Township, N.J., during a town hall meeting. Christie secretly underwent gastric band surgery in February to try to lose weight at the urging of his family. Christie told The New York Post for a story in Tuesday's May 7, 2013 edition. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)
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FILE - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie answers a question in this April 30, 2013 file photo taken in Long Beach Township, N.J., during a town hall meeting. Christie secretly underwent gastric band surgery in February to try to lose weight at the urging of his family. Christie told The New York Post for a story in Tuesday's May 7, 2013 edition. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he decided to have weight-loss surgery for himself and his family, not to advance his political career.

Speaking at a news conference Tuesday in Newark, Christie said his weight will have nothing to do with whether he decides to run for president.

He says he never intended to make the decision public.

The New York Post first reported Tuesday that Christie had had a weight-loss surgery in February.

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