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Chris Christie Orders NJ National Guard Leader to Lose Weight or Else

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Just imagine, for a moment, being told you need to lose weight by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Well, that is the situation that Air Force Brig. Gen. Michael L. Cunniff finds himself in this week after he reportedly ignored orders from the Pentagon to attend physical-fitness tests and get his weight under control.


Christie has given Cunniff, who leads the New Jersey National Guard, 90 days to meet the U.S. military’s fitness requirements.

“The Governor has expressed directly to the General that his failure to meet that standard or to provide notification of his formal reprimand is both unacceptable and disappointing,” Christie spokesperson Kevin Roberts said in a statement to ABC News. “The Governor has directed General Cunniff to meet his obligations in the next 90 days.”

Christie’s office has not said what the consequences will be if this does happen in time.

In a statement of his own, Cunniff vowed to take action to meet this goal: “Many people struggle with weight control — I am not immune from this. Just as I afford every opportunity to each Soldier and Airmen to meet these standards, so will I. I take this matter seriously and am taking the necessary steps to remedy this issue by being involved in a rigorous physical fitness training program and have sought the assistance of a nutritionist.”

[Photo via NJ.com]

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