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Christie's weight loss surgery

Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Bill Ritters daily take on the news.

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.

Silly me. Here I was feeling a little compassion for New Jersey Gov. Christie, after the announcement that he had surgery to shrink his stomach so he wouldn't eat so much. Good for him. And good for him for saying he's thinking about his family, to make sure he's around for a while.

But then the 50-year-old Republican Governor held a news conference, and blasted people - and reporters - for paying any attention to his weight. He called it silly, and none of anyone's business. And then he skewered anyone who thinks he might feel better or different now that he's lost a reported 30 or so pounds.

As anyone who has lost weight in any quantity knows, you DO feel better dropping those l-b's.

Throughout his news conference I couldn't help but wonder why Gov. Christie takes the negative road? Even people who disagree with his politics like him, and his ability to seemingly not pay attention to what's politically correct. But when he gets nasty - other than entertaining television - what does that really get him? I'm just sayin'.

For whatever it's worth, Mr. Christie's weight IS news. Because if he is seriously considering running for the Presidency in 2016, the voters of all parties will look at his weight and think about his health. That's not partisan. That's human. And for Mr. Christie to get all snarky about it  especially after he's joked about his weight and used it as part of his soft-and-cuddly charm  well, to some it may just sounds a bit disingenuous. But maybe it's just me.

For now, I say good luck, Governor. We're all rooting for you in your weight battle. We'll have reaction tonight at 11.

Also at 11, we'll have the latest from Cleveland, and that bizarre kidnapping and hostage story involving three young women held for a decade by a man now under arrest.

And we're following developments in the sex assaults of young girls in Queens. Tonight, cops are questioning a suspect.

And finally, at a time when many government offices are scaling back, the folks at the New York DMV are actually extending hours at three of their busy offices  in Herald Square in Manhattan, in Yonkers, and in Massapequa on Long Island.

Good news for working people, right? "Transforming DMV" is the campaign, and in this case it means the Massapequa and Herald Square offices now open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m, and the Yonkers office open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The hours are applicable Monday thru Thursday. (Friday hours are 8:30 to 4.)

The goal, say officials, is to reduce wait time at the DMV. Hear, hear!

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER

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