On Tuesday, six newspapers in New Jersey called on him to resign, calling him an “embarrassment” and an “utter disgrace”. Unfortunately, the rest of America isn’t quite there with him.
Following Trump’s speech Tuesday many online joked that Christie was held against his will and even MSNBC ran with a chryon Wednesday featuring the hashtag #FreeChrisChristie.
Christie, who introduced Trump after his big wins on Tuesday, became an internet sensation as he stood silently behind Trump, looking uncomfortable and at times fidgety. I’m not gonna be doing that. “All these armchair psychiatrists should give it a break…”
Christie refers to the candidate, who is supposedly his longtime friend, as “Mr. Trump”, while Trump refers to the governor as “Chris”. “I am an endorser for Donald Trump”. I’m not gonna be down there, I’m not gonna be gazing at him with longing eyes like I’m in love with the guy standing behind him on the stage anymore.
The governor said for as long as he remains in office his main goal is to “do things right by the people of this state”.
Christie also defended Trump against attacks from other Republicans, including 2012 nominee Mitt Romney, who are starting to call for a brokered convention in order to block the front-runner from securing the nomination. “No, I wasn’t sitting up there thinking, ‘Oh my god, what have I done?” “And the people of New Jersey will react to it, and I’ll do better”.
“This Saturday, there are four primaries and I will be home”, Christie said.
He said he doesn’t agree with Trump on everything, though he wasn’t specific.
Responding to calls for him to step down by the Asbury Park Press and its five sister Gannett New Jersey newspapers and two days later by The Star Ledger, he predictably went after the messenger.
Christie told the media he has spent more time in New Jersey than he has been given credit for and plans to campaign with Trump only “on occasion”.
“Governor Christie appreciates Senator Beck’s statement and for her unqualified support of his agenda to continue making progress for New Jersey over the next 21 months”.
Despite his attempt to talk about state issues, reporters inevitably questioned Christie about his support for Trump.
“I will do everything that I need to do to make the judicial confirmation process fair, everything within the power of the governorship to make the judicial confirmation process fair”, he said.
“Happy birthday to your child, shame on you”, said a poster named Jason Kane.