There are many reasons Chris Christie should not be the next POTUS — and not one of them has anything to do with his weight.
Naturally, there are the examples of political misdeeds: The warrantless cellphone wiretapping, the claims that he awarded lucrative federal monitoring posts to friends and allies as U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey.
Maybe these allegations were left off the resume he sent to party leaders, who went on to give Christie the keynote address at the 2012 Republican National Convention.
From that point, the incumbent governor has become the biggest news from the "Jersey shore" since network executives cashed in on "Snooki" and her merry band of fake-baked bar crawlers.
Christie has unleashed his loudmouth, tell-it-like-it-is persona on the Republican Party and its staunchest allies. A notable instance was when he blasted congressional Republicans for voting against a Hurricane Sandy relief bill.
It was understandable that Christie would want to secure taxpayer money for his constituents suffering from Sandy's wrath. But to completely defame congressional Republicans for voting against the bill — which raised the debt ceiling for the irresponsibly insolvent National Flood Insurance Program— was a little over the top.
He also criticized the National Rifle Association for mentioning Barack Obama's daughters in an anti-gun control ad.
The problem with Christie is not the fact that he's willing to clash with his own party. In fact, the GOP often deserves it.
No, the problem with Christie is that he seems to offer little in terms of substance. To date, he appears to be a populist, appealing to the moderate sensibilities of both parties without exposing a tangible ethos or ideology.
Given the ever-increasing power of the presidency, one must ask: What type of emperor would Chris Christie be?
(Sunday editor Bruce Siwy can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him at Twitter @brucejsiwy.)