Christie: 'I Don't Care' What's in School Lunches

If he becomes president, kids can eat 'whatever you want'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2016 6:11 AM CST
Christie: 'I Don't Care' What's in School Lunches
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during a town hall at Village Inn restaurant Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, in Council Bluffs, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Chris Christie may have just become the Republican frontrunner among kids, though he likely irked Michelle Obama in the process. While campaigning in Iowa on Monday, the New Jersey governor fielded a complaint from an 11-year-old boy who said pizza and crispitos, a kind of crispy taco, have vanished from his school cafeteria in recent years, reports USA Today. If Christie is elected president, kids can eat "whatever you want to eat" at school, the governor responded, per ABC News. "I want people to eat healthier … but in the end, it's your choice," he added. "I don't care what you're eating for lunch every day. I really don't."

"The first lady has no business being involved in this," he added. "Using the government to mandate her point of view on what people should be eating every day is none of her business." However, CBS News uncovered a quote from a 2011 interview in which Christie said he supported Obama's clean eating initiative. "I think it's a really good goal to encourage kids to eat better," Christie told the Telegraph. "I don't want the government deciding what you can and what you can't eat," but "Mrs. Obama being out there encouraging people in a positive way to eat well and to exercise and to be healthy, I don't have a problem with that." (More Chris Christie stories.)

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