July 28 (Bloomberg) -- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was released from a hospital today after being treated for symptoms related to his chronic asthma.
“I hope to go home, get a little sleep, and I will be back to work tomorrow,” Christie told reporters during a 28-minute briefing outside Somerset Medical Center in Somerville. “I feel great now. I’m a little tired, but I feel fine and relieved.”
Christie, 48, who uses an inhaler daily, felt uncomfortable and “a little bit slight of breath” this morning while en route to an event in Hillsborough, said a spokeswoman for the governor, Maria Comella. He checked into the hospital emergency room at 10:30 a.m. and released about 6:30 p.m.
Christie, who has acknowledged being overweight in television interviews, said recently he has been on a diet, and that his motivation for losing weight is his four children. He said after leaving the hospital that he plans to work with a personal trainer. His weight wasn’t a contributing factor to his asthma attack, he said.
The governor, who has gained national attention for his spending cuts, has been urged by other Republicans to run for president. He has said repeatedly that he has no plans to seek the office in next year’s election.
The governor was in a state trooper-driven vehicle on his way to sign bills for open-space preservation funding at a farm in Hillsborough, in Somerset County, when he began to have breathing problems, Michael Drewniak, a spokesman for Christie, told reporters there shortly before noon.
Christie walked into the hospital emergency room at the same time his bill signing was scheduled to start, according to Comella. He was given “routine tests as a precautionary measure,” Drewniak said. A heart attack was ruled out.
An electrocardiogram, chest x-ray, blood-pressure and blood-chemistry tests all came back normal, Comella said. The governor, who was diagnosed with asthma when he was 15, most recently had a physical in the fall and got a “clean bill of health,” she said.
“The governor is extremely grateful for the quality of care he is receiving this morning and has nothing but praise for the world-class doctors, nurses and staff,” Drewniak said in a statement.
Jessica Jackson, a spokeswoman for Somerset Medical Center, said all information on Christie’s condition would be released through the governor’s office and declined to comment further, citing health privacy laws.
The governor’s wife, Mary Pat, and brother, Todd, were with him at the hospital, Comella said. Mary Pat left the hospital at about 3:15 p.m. without speaking to reporters.
Christie’s monthly “Ask the Governor” radio show, scheduled for tonight, has been canceled, Comella said.
The incident was “one of those mornings when his asthma impacted him a little bit more than usual,” Comella said. “The governor is fine. He’s feeling great. He should be back to work tomorrow morning in the Statehouse.”
Control of the state hasn’t been transferred to Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, said Kevin Roberts, a Christie spokesman.
Christie’s predecessor, one-term Democrat Jon Corzine, spent 18 days of his term at a hospital in Camden, New Jersey, after he was critically injured in a 2007 car accident. Then- Senate President Richard Codey served as acting governor while Corzine was hospitalized. New Jersey created a lieutenant governor position starting with the 2009 election.
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