By Justin Sink - 12/12/12 09:49 PM EST
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said concerns that his weight would prevent him from serving as president were "ridiculous" in an interview set to air Wednesday.
"That's ridiculous, I mean, that's ridiculous," Christie responded. "I mean, I don't know what the basis for that is."
Walters said those expressing concern were worried about Christie's health.
"Well, I've done this job pretty well. And I think people watched me for the last couple weeks and during Hurricane Sandy doing 18-hour days and getting right back up the next day and still being just as effective. So I don't really think that would be a problem," Christie responded.
Christie has seen his poll numbers skyrocket in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, with his response to the storm receiving high marks.
A poll released last week by Rutgers-Eagleton gave Christie a 53-43 edge over Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker (D) in a hypothetical head-to-head match-up in a gubernatorial race next year. It comes as a separate poll from Quinnipiac University showed Christie with a 72 percent approval rating in his state. That's the highest approval rating on record for a New Jersey governor.
Still, while Christie's post-storm response and vocal embrace of President Obama have helped him at home, there are suggestions that he may have been hurt with the Republican base.
A Public Policy Polling poll released last week showed Christie second in the Republican primary field, trailing Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). While Rubio's lead can be attributed to his popularity with strong conservatives, among the most likely to vote in a presidential primary, Christie earned much of his support of centrist voters in the Republican electorate. Christie's net 21-point positive favorability, as judged by Republican primary voters, was last among Republican candidates.