A weighty political peril

  • Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2013 1:47 p.m.

Candidates for elective office carry heavy burdens, including their past promises unkept and voters’ pertinent questions unanswered.

Candidates also must bear unrelenting offers of unhealthy, fattening fare on the campaign trail.

The latest victim of this political-occupational hazard appears to be New Jersey Democrat Cory Booker.

Tuesday’s New York Post, laying it on thick with photos to illustrate the point, reported that Mr. Booker “is starting to resemble rotund Republican Gov. Chris Christie as he packs on the pounds while campaigning for the Senate seat vacated by the late Frank Lautenberg.”

According to the Post, Mr. Booker, the mayor of Newark, “has been chowing down on far too many funnel cakes at the Jersey Shore, where he waddled down the boardwalk last week with his shirt untucked and clinging to his chest.”

Asked about his expanding form, Mayor Booker told the Post: “I’m eating my way through New Jersey.”

Though Mayor Booker is an honorary vice chairman of first lady Michelle Obama’s Partnership for a Healthier America, the former Stanford University tight end told Men’s Health magazine that he “ballooned” to 309 pounds last summer.

And he told the Post that he has a weakness for pizza, pancakes and late-night snacks of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.

Still, he added: “The good thing about me is it’s easy for me to gain weight — and I can lose weight, too.”

Mayor Booker proved that earlier this year, dropping 40 pounds after issuing Twitter and Facebook pledges to do so.

And yes, despite his recent weight gain, he remains the heavy favorite to win that Senate race.

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