Gov. Chris Christie’s facial expression, as he stood behind GOP frontrunner Donald Trump on last month’s Super Tuesday, became an unintended topic of speculation. His blank, “deer in the headlights” look had pundits and voters alike wondering, what’s behind that glazed stare?
Turns out, contrary to some speculation, the governor’s face that night was not expressing dismay, regret or shock at having either recently suspended his own bid or putting his support behind his former rival. Gov. Christie explained what was really going on last night on “The Tonight Show.”
Via The Hill:
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is finally explaining what he was thinking while he stared blankly behind Donald Trump during a campaign speech that went viral last month.
“This is what you would look like if you were standing behind Jay Leno as he was doing his monologue,” Christie joked to Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show” on Friday night.
“If you’re used to talking, it’s awkward not to talk, so if you’re standing there, I’m listening. What are you supposed to look like?”
“I would move to the right maybe four feet and get out of the way and let Jay Leno talk,” Fallon replied.
Fallon pulled out a cardboard cutout of Christie and set it behind the New Jersey governor for emphasis.
“You don’t find that distracting?” Fallon asked.
“He looks serious. He’s listening,” Christie said.
Christie made headlines and shocked pundits when he endorsed Trump in February, after heavily criticizing him in the past.
The New Jersey governor since appeared on the campaign trail with Trump.
“I thought really hard” about the endorsement, Christie said. “It wasn’t like I drew it out of a hat or something, Jimmy. It was my judgement that I thought he was better than the other two.”
Fallon asked Christie about rumors he may be Trump’s pick for vice president.
“I have a hard time believing anybody would be asking me to be vice president because of that,” he said, pointing to the cardboard cutout behind him.
Knowing this audience, I have a feeling y’all might have one or two other things the governor could get better at in order to be Trump’s vice president. Am I right?
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]