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TRENTON, N.J. (The Blaze/AP) -- Blunt-talking Gov. Chris Christie, often mentioned as a Republican presidential candidate, was taken to a hospital Thursday after he had difficulty breathing.

Maria Comella, Christie's deputy chief of staff, told The Associated Press that Christie is "fine and in charge."

The 48-year-old governor was driven to Somerset Medical Center by his state police security detail out of an "abundance of caution," said another spokesman, Michael Drewniak. Drewniak said Christie suffers from asthma and all indications are Christie will be OK.

His full statement is below:

“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.”

Drewniak says the 48-year-old suffers from asthma and all indications are Christie "will be fine."

Close friend and adviser Bill Palatucci said Christie "is fine, getting tests and working from the hospital."

Christie had been due to sign open-space legislation.

The Republican, who took office 18 months ago, has made no secret that he has struggled with a weight problem.

This is a breaking story. Updates may be added.

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