Christie in the hospital

July 28, 2011 12:50:07 PM PDT
A Governor is rushed to the hospital. It is never treated lightly.

And so we're keeping a close eye on the condition of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. He was hospitalized late this morning, suffering, his office said, difficulty breathing. And that, his staff insisted, is consistent with someone who suffers from asthma.

The Governor has long talked publicly about his personal health - maintaining that his children are concerned about his excessive weight and worried about his health.

In that way, Mr. Christie is not unlike many Americans; perhaps that is part of his appeal.

But now his health has become a public issue.

His staff insists he was always in control today - and they say his tests came back normal. But the nagging question is - why did he remain at the hospital all day?

We're following the story, and will have the latest, at 11.

We're also watching the debt debate in Washington, where the clock continues to click towards the nation's first-ever default on its obligations. The deadline is Aug. 2, and the battle in Congress rages over how much in spending cuts should be tied to raising the debt ceiling.

We know that if we all ran our households like elected officials run the nation's budget, we'd be living in the streets. That's the absurd part of all this. I thought about that as I was haggling with my car insurance company yesterday, trying to shave $7 here and $14 there off my semi-annual payments. I'm just sayin'.

Also at 11, all the hoopla about allowing a Wal-Mart in New York City? Poohbah, according to most New Yorkers. A Quinnipiac University poll out today showed that 69% of New York voters would shop at a Wal-Mart in the City if it were convenient.

So much for the controversy.

And about those bike lanes sprouting like weeds around the City - 59% of voters want to increase the number of bike lanes. Those who like the bike lanes say they're greener and healthier. The 35% who oppose them say they clog traffic. Which side are you on?

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Amy Freeze (in for Lee Goldberg) with her AccuWeather forecast, plus Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho (in for Sade Baderinwa) and me, tonight at 11.

And one note: I'm off tomorrow. This column will return on Monday.


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