There is perhaps no person more thoroughly under Trump’s thumb than New Jersy Gov. Chris Christie. Having at one time called Trump an “entertainer-in-chief” unfit for office, Christie hitched himself firmly to Trump’s coattails and now serves as his punching bag, jester, bulldog and – apparently – manservant.
In a lengthy piece in the New Yorker focusing on the civil war raging within the Republican Party over the question of whether or not to embrace reality tv star Donald Trump as their nominee, an illuminating (and hilarious) passage sticks out. Chris Christie, once Trump’s closest confidant, has been relegated to literally doing trivial errands. Needless to say, it’s hard to find a more humiliating description of a sitting governor in all of politics:
Governor Chris Christie, of New Jersey, another of Trump’s opponents early in the campaign, has transformed himself into a sort of manservant, who is constantly with Trump at events. (One Republican told me that a friend of his on the Trump campaign used Snapchat to send him a video of Christie fetching Trump’s McDonald’s order.)
Christie, who faces overwhelming unpopularity in his own state, and is – ostensibly – supposed to be doing the job of running New Jersey, now grabs Trump’s Big Mac order when the candidate is too busy sending angry tweets at Sen. Elizabeth Warren to get it himself.
Christie’s plight is made all the more miserable when taken with the fact that Trump so often uses him as a punchline at his rallies. At one particularly embarrassing event, Trump joked that the governor, who has struggled with his weight, is forbidden from eating Oreos while he’s on the campaign. At another event, Trump’s hot mic caught him telling Christie to get off the stage and go wait in the plane. Christie looked confused… then slowly made his way off the stage.
Why does Christie put up with this treatment? Well, he either hates his state, hates his job, or hates himself. And perhaps all of those at once.
He also seems to believe Trump will have a place for him in his administration should he win. This might be Christie’s way of going all in on a losing hand. Between the scandals, ineptitude, and apathy towards his job, Christie’s watched his relatively high poll numbers tank to dismal lows. A recent poll found that just 27% of New Jerseyans approved of his job. (For perspective, that’s as bad as George W. Bush’s numbers on his darkest days.) Even more brutal:
…half (49%) now say they dislike everything about Governor Christie, up from thirty-nine percent when the same question was last asked almost a year ago.
When half of your state can’t find a single redeeming quality in their governor that’s pretty sad. Christie may view Trump as quite literally his last shot at having a job after his term ends. Until then, he has to literally ask Trump if he wants fries with that.
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