A brave reporter at the Newark Star-Ledger broaches a subject many journalists are loathe to address: fat candidates.

The overweight hopeful in this case is Republican gubernatorial nominee Chris Christie who you'll notice, if you've seen his campaign ads, is big.

It sounds dumb, but many political observers swear by the theory that too much weight is a political liability. It's hard to test the issue, though, because it's more of a subconscious thing.

You'll recall that former Vice President Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreOvernight Energy: Biden seeks to reassert US climate leadership | President to 'repeal or replace' Trump decision removing protections for Tongass | Administration proposes its first offshore wind lease sale The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Bipartisan group reaches infrastructure deal; many questions remain Al Gore lobbied Biden to not scale back climate plans in infrastructure deal MORE's (D) trimmed-down figure had many buzzing that he might run for president again, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) dropped a ton of weight in advance of his presidential run.

Granted, Huckabee was elected governor of Arkansas when he was still really big. But he was clearly the exception, rather than the rule.