An audience member at Gov. Chris Christie’s (R-N.J.) town hall on Thursday remarked that he’s “looking good” now that he’s exercising.
Christie responded to constituents’ concerns at the first town hall of his second term.
The governor shared an anecdote in response to the constituent’s compliment.
“A middle-school student came up to me and said 'governor, you’re getting a lot smaller,' ” Christie said, adding that he thanked her.
“Rome was not unbuilt in a day,” Christie told her.
A year ago, Christie underwent gastric banding surgery to help him reduce the amount of food he eats.
Christie is considered a potential contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, and many speculated the weight loss effort signaled his intention to run.
The governor has said he needed to lose weight for his family.