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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, fresh off a victory in the state’s latest gubernatorial race, visited multiple talk shows to address the controversy that has been created from Time magazine’s newest cover: the “elephant in the room.”
“Oh, who cares,” Christie told Fox News‘s Chris Wallace when asked about the cover’s obvious attack on his size and weight. ”I mean, seriously, I’m on the cover of Time magazine, you know? It is certainly not the first weight joke that has been thrown my way over the course of the last four years, Chris. So, you know, it doesn’t matter to me.”
While Christie may be in full deflection mode, Time Magazine is under fire for the cover.
Time writer, Michael Scherer, defended the choice on CBS and argued that the headline referred to Christie’s enormous political persona.
“It’s not just about his physical size; it’s about his whole political act,” he said.
Well, it’s hard to argue that the cover isn’t an attack on Christie’s weight. The man is large, and mentioning an elephant with a blown-up picture of Christie’s head with his mouth open wide seemingly begging for a McDouble meal is an odd way to depict his political career. Either way, Christie doesn’t seem to care.
Weeks will pass and people will forget the cover. But for now, it seems like Time magazine is in… big trouble.