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Rex Ryan advised N.J. governor Chris Christie on lap-band surgery

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Chris Christie, old Rex Ryan, new Rex Ryan. (Getty Images)

New Jersey governor Chris Christie is earning headlines as a possible candidate for higher office. Unfortunately for Christie, those headlines often front cheap fat jokes; as you can see from the photo at left, Christie is not the most svelte of men.

So what do you do when you're in New Jersey and need help? Tony Soprano is off the air and possibly dead. Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen are all Hollywood. So, next up: Rex Ryan, head coach of the Jets. Not coincidentally, Ryan has had a little battle with the bulge himself.

In an interview with NBC's Brian Williams scheduled to air on Friday, Christie noted that he consulted with Ryan before having lap-band surgery in February. Ryan had the surgery several years ago, and lost more than 100 pounds. In the surgery, a silicone band is placed around the upper part of the stomach, decreasing appetite. And, as you can see from the photos above, Ryan is, as of this past season, slim and trim.

Rumors that Christie will appoint Tim Tebow as his campaign manager remain unconfirmed and, really, completely fictional.

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