http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_new...-hospitalized-because-of-difficulty-breathing NJ Gov. Christie hospitalized because of difficulty breathing AP Chris Christie (R-NJ) was hospitalized after experience difficulty breathing, related to asthma, his office says. By Domenico Montanaro, Political Reporter, NBC News New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) was hospitalized with âdifficulty breathing,â his office confirms to WNBCâs Brian Thompson. Hereâs a statement from Christie Press Secretary Michael Drewniak: "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." *** UPDATE *** Thompson has more: While it is not known if this is an asthmatic attack at this point, a source close to the governor confirms Christie has suffered from asthma for years. "He carries an inhaler with him," this source told NBC New York. He also noted that the governor's weight doesn't help his health issues.