NJ Governor Chris Christie Hospitalized

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who has a history of asthma, was taken to Somerset Medical Center for tests after he had trouble breathing this morning.  As related by ABC News, his press secretary Michael Drewniak issued a statement:

Governor Christie was having difficulty breathing this morning and out of an abundance of caution he went to Somerset Medical Center to be checked out.  In line with someone dealing with asthma, he is being given routine tests as a precautionary measure. The Governor is extremely grateful for the quality of care he is receiving this morning and has nothing but praise for the world-class doctors, nurses and staff.

Christie, 48, has been battling a weight problem, and naturally maintains a very vigorous schedule.  According to Fox News, he was on his way to a farm, to sign open-space legislation, when he encountered his breathing difficulties.

He has frequently spoken to audiences of his asthma, using trips to the pharmacist for asthma medication during discussions of health care reform. says he was scheduled to appear on a radio show at 7 PM tonight to take questions, but it’s not certain if he’ll be able to keep that appointment.