Chris Christie 'Elephant in the Room' Magazine Cover Debate

Some say Time's cover is a play on words to take a cheap shot at N.J. governor's weight.
3:00 | 11/09/13

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We're going to turn to politics now. And the firestorm over a controversial magazine cover of chris christie. The outspoken new jersey governor who just sailed to re-election and is considered to be a potential 2016 presidential contender. Take a look at this "time" magazine cover, showing the republican silhouette with the headline, "the elephant in the room." Some say it's a clever play on words. While others say it's a cheap shot on christie's weight. Reena ninan has more. Reporter: He hasn't shy about talking about his weight. Or using a little self-deprecating humor. I didn't know it was going to be this long. Reporter: Straight off his tuesday night re-election win as governor of new jersey. Thank you, new jersey, for making me the luckiest guy in the world. Reporter: Some are asking, did "time" magazine go too far, releasing this cover friday about chris christie. "The elephant in the room." Clearly, this was a reference to his weight. Reporter: Critics on twitter blasted the cover, calling it offensive, a cruel fat joke and cheap shot. Others are defending it as clever. He takes it very seriously. Go forth. Reporter: So much so, the new jersey governor underwent lap-band surgery to lose weight. He's a little past halfway to his goal weight. Reporter: The cover did have "time's" editors on the defensive on the cable tv circuit. What did you mean by elephant in the room? He's done a really huge thing this week. Reporter: So far, no apology from "time" magazine. Asked for comment, "time" directed us to the blog. Saying the cover is a reference to the size of his influence, not his waistband. It's about chris christie's electability, and whether or not he can get through a tough republican primary. It has people buzzing about an election that's still three years away. We'll hear more from chris christie tomorrow morning, live, when he sits down with our very own george stephanopoulos on "this week." Dan and bianna, one of his official twitter pages is using the photo. So, I don't think he's too hurt by any of this. I guess not. Yeah. That's an interesting sign. Bold move for "time" magazine. Let's check the national forecast now and get it back to

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