TRENTON, N.J. (PIX11/REUTERS)—New Jersey Governor was rushed to a hospital Thursday morning after he complained of having difficulty breathing, the governor's office said in a statement.
According to spokesman Michael Drewniak, the governor - who suffers from asthma - was taken to Somerset Medical Center where he was checked out "out of an abundance of caution."
"In line with someone dealing with asthma, he is being given routine tests as a precautionary measure."
Christie was scheduled to be on hand at a bill signing ceremony in Hillsborough at 10:30 a.m. but the it was ultimately canceled. According to his schedule, he's slated to take questions Wednesday at 7 p.m. on the call-in radio show on New Jersey's 101.5 FM. It wasn't immediately clear if he will still appear as planned.
"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," Drewniak said.
The Republican governor has said repeatedly 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.
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. He frequently jokes about it, and once told radio host Don Imus in mock exaggeration that he weighed 550 pounds (250 kg).