The faces Chris Christie made at Donald Trump’s Tuesday press conference provoked lots of questioning commentary and also mockery.
Chris Christie seemed trapped in a nightmare at Trumpâ€™s press conference Tuesday nightâ€”and in a lot of ways, he was and itâ€™s all his fault.
Chris Christie gazed up at the back of Donald Trumpâ€™s golden head in a Mar-a-Lago ballroom the evening of Super Tuesday. His mouth was slightly open. His brow was furrowed. His eyes were wide and uncertain, as if adjusting to the soft light of the crystal chandeliers that adorn his new world for the first time since Friday, when he shocked the political class and the members of his own inner circle by endorsing Trumpâ€™s candidacy. …
Trump told the cameras, confidently. â€œIâ€™m a conservative, but Iâ€™m a commonsense conservative.â€
Behind him, Christie seemed to shudder as his political career passed before his eyes. …
Christieâ€™s mouth curled into a frown, and then it opened.
But all that escaped was dead air.
I don’t know what I was supposed to be doing,” Christie said. “I was standing there listening to him. All these armchair psychiatrists should give it a break. … He was answering questions from the national press corps, and I was listening. This is part of the hysteria of the people who oppose my Trump endorsement. They want to read anything into it that can be negative.”
“So no, I wasn’t being held hostage,” he added. “No, I wasn’t sitting up there thinking, ‘Oh my God, what have I done?'”
“It profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world … but for some cabinet or judicial appointment, Christie?”
— paraphrasing Thomas More to Richard Rich in Man For All Seasons.