New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose “bewildered gaze” during Donald Trump’s victory speech on Super Tuesday became an Internet meme, defended the appearance today and insisted that he was not being held hostage, as many Internet commenters speculated.
NBC News reports that Christie addressed the controversy during a press conference in New Jersey. “No, I was not being held hostage,” Christie told reporters. “No, I was not sitting up there thinking, ‘Oh my God, what have I done?'”
Christie apparently stopped short of explaining his somewhat distant appearance, but insisted: “I wasn’t upset, I wasn’t angry, I wasn’t despondent. I wasn’t anything other than happy that we had done as well as we had done that night, and listening to someone giving a press conference in front of the national press corps.”