(Updates with release from hospital)
By Kristina Cooke and Edith Honan
NEW YORK, July 28 New Jersey Governor Chris
Christie, often mentioned as a possible Republican U.S.
presidential candidate, was released from hospital on Thursday
evening after undergoing tests for breathing difficulties.
Christie, 48, who is heavily overweight and has asthma, was
given "routine tests as a precautionary measure," spokesman
Michael Drewniak said in a statement earlier on Thursday.
"I feel great now," Christie told reporters outside
Somerset Hospital in New Jersey. "Now I'm hoping to go home,
get a little sleep and I'll be back to work tomorrow."
Christie was admitted to hospital on Thursday morning after
experiencing shortness of breath and lightheadedness on the way
to an event.
He underwent a "battery of tests" which came back normal,
Christie said, adding he would follow up with his doctor next
He has no public events scheduled for Friday.
The Republican governor has repeatedly said that he is not
running for the White House. Earlier this month, former
Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney said Christie was on his
short-list for vice president if Romney wins the Republican
Party's presidential nomination next year.
Christie has been a rising Republican star since taking
office last year with a low-tax, lean-government agenda, and
erasing a record $11 billion budget deficit while limiting
annual increases in the state's high property taxes.
He has publicly acknowledged struggling with his weight
problem. He frequently jokes about it, and once told radio host
Don Imus in mock exaggeration that he weighed 550 pounds (250
Christie said he did not see a direct connection between
his weight and Thursday's asthma attack.
But, he said, "if I weighed less I'd be healthier. I've
been taking it seriously. It's one of the major struggles of my
life. I'm working on it."
(Editing by Mohammad Zargham)