Governor Christie Rejects Bloomberg’s ‘Daddy State’ Large Soda Ban


chris-christie1By Jake Tapper

We sat down in Trenton with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for a profile to air on “Nightline” tonight.

Here’s one exchange we had about New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s proposed ban of sugary drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces.

JAKE TAPPER: What do you think of Mayor Bloomberg’s new soda ban, sort of large container ban?

GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE: I just think it’s government run amok. Government run amok. People have to make choices. Sometimes they’re going to make good choices, sometimes they’re going to make bad choices. But I don’t think we should have a daddy state.

He doesn’t think the government should be dictating cup size, but Christie said personal discipline is not the only element of weight loss. He has had his own problems with weight and he opened up about his struggle.

“I mean, see, listen, I think there’s a fundamental misunderstanding among people regarding weight and regarding all those things that go into, to people being overweight,” Christie said in an interview that will air Tuesday on “Nightline.” “I think folks say – yeah, well he must just not be disciplined, you know, or he must not have willpower – that kind of thing. I guess the best analogy to make is some people drink too much. Some people take drugs. Some people eat too much. See, you can go live every day without drinking. You can live every day without taking drugs. You can’t live every without eating.”


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  1. Yay! He has more sense than Bloomberg. (I personally NEVER drink soda, but, I don’t like the idea of a “Daddy” government at all.

  2. I would not want the country to take Gov Christie’s nutritional advice too seriously. If people eat less they lose weight. That is generally what happens initially after weight loss surgery. I think that we do need a Daddy government when it comes to health. We are all paying for those bad choices that people are making. I live in Michigan where there is a 30% obesity rate in adults and a 17% obesity rate in children and teens. This statistic is for BMIs above 30 and not just for a few extra pounds. Michigan is one of the most obese states in America. Who will take care of those obese children if they become ill as young adults? What percentage of American children are not physically capable of serving in the military? Why should food stamps cover non-nutritious junk that is labeled as food? Is that so the taxpayer can pay to make people sick and then pay for the doctor bills?

  3. Did you ever suck the jelly out of a jelly donut and fill THAT with chocolate swirl ice cream?
    Leah, I live in Southfield; you?

  4. Not surprised, I live in OP and I don’t buy donuts. I am always on a diet and walk with another OP lady to keep fit. The chocolate swirl ice cream sounds good, though. I would have to admit that I want some.