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The Nov. 18 issue of Time magazine is causing quite a controversy, as its cover features the silhouette of newly re-elected New Jersey Governor Chris Christie behind the headline: "The Elephant in the Room." Critics argue that it mocks the politician's self-admitted weight problems, while others believe it refers to his upcoming battle to win over the Republican Party before the 2016 presidential election.
Time writer Michael Scherer argues that the headline refers to Christie's larger-than-life persona. "It's not just about his physical size; it's about his whole political act," he tells CBS 2 New York.
Regardless of his intent, Scherer's piece isn't sitting well with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren. "TIME MAGAZINE EDITOR is SLIMY SNAKE!" she tweeted on Thursday, Nov. 7. "Elephant, really? you know there was chuckling in the newsroom."
New York Times reporter Steven Greenhouse also chimed in on Twitter, writing, "Whether or not one likes Christie, these cheap shots–like Time's new cover—about his weight are decidedly uncool."