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DR. MARIANO, a woman who was the White House doctor for the entire Clinton presidency, as well as parts of both Bush presidencies, has been publicly critical of Gov. Chris Christie’s battle with obesity. It has now turned very personal.

From a local Phoenix station:

“I worry that [Gov. Christie] may have a heart attack, he may have a stroke,” Mariano told CNN earlier this week. “It’s almost like a time bomb waiting to happen unless he addresses those issues before running for office.”

Christie did not take the criticism well, firing back at the doctor from a news conference he held in New Jersey.

“If she wants to get on a plane and come here to New Jersey and ask me if she wants to examine me and review my medical history I will have a conversation with her about that,” Christie said. “Until that time she should shut up.”

Gov. Christie didn’t stop there, however, also saying “I think this is – listen, this is just another hack who wants five minutes on TV.” According to Dr. Connie Mariano, Gov. Christie then called her on the phone and it didn’t go well.

“It was essentially the tone of the press conference only louder,” she said. “It was hard to get anything across.”

“I don’t think he realized who he was talking to,” Mariano told 3TV…

Did Gov. Christie really think Dr. Mariano wouldn’t tell this story to the local press? What in the world was he thinking?

It’s not as if she doesn’t have the expertise to weigh in on this issue.