Chris Christie Says Post’s ‘Whale’ Headline ‘Doesn’t Bother’ Him

April 4, 2012 12:00 AM

Chris Christie Says Post’s ‘Whale’ Headline ‘Doesn’t Bother’ Him
" TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie phoned home Wednesday to share his impressions of his trade mission to the Middle East on a conference call with reporters.

The first question to the governor, however, was not about his trip to Israel but rather a controversial New York Post headline, titled “The Whale At The Wall: Christie Weighs In At Israel Holy Site.”

The story about Christie’s visit to Jerusalem’s Western Wall, which ran Tuesday, was littered with innuendos and puns about the governor’s weight.

“It’s really just a distraction and it’s unfortunate that the Post decided that it wanted to go there,” Christie said. “In the end, I’ve told people many times, that kind of stuff really doesn’t bother me. If that’s the way they like to sell newspapers it’s up to them.”

The headline has drawn criticism from other leaders including Sen. Richard Codey.

Though Codey is a frequent rival of Christie, even he believes the Post went too far, calling the story both disrespectful to the governor and Israel "

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