updated 05/30/2013 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 06/02/2013 AT 2:30 PM ET
The morning after hosting 120 friends for their daughter Sarah’s junior prom pre-party in their stately Mendham, N.J., home, Chris Christie and wife Mary Pat are up at dawn.
She braces for a weekend of kids’ sporting events (baseball, lacrosse, golf) by reaching for a glass of homemade beet-kale-pineapple juice, while the New Jersey governor fills a large coffee mug with cold, white milk.
Since having lap-band surgery in February, he says, “I don’t have the urge to eat breakfast anymore.” But the milk isn’t a new post-procedure habit; he’s always started the day like this.