To hear The New York Times tell it, Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had a really bad day on Thursday.
How bad? The Times’ lede:
“Black Thursday,” one of Gov. Chris Christie’s least favorite local newspaper columnists called it, under a headline that declared it his “worst day ever.” At the least, it was the New Jersey governor’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
On Thursday, Donald Trump selected Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for the job Christie “had been publicly pining for,” that being the presumptive GOP nominee’s vice presidential running mate, the newspaper stated.
A move that effectively threw Christie under the Trump train.
According to The Times, the Trump loyalist “pinned his hopes of political resuscitation” on being tapped as Trump’s running mate and “has suffered embarrassment at the hands of Mr. Trump.”
Christie was the first major establishment Republican to endorse Trump and did him a YUGE favor by sacrificing his own political capital in taking out Sen. Marco Rubio, who may have been Trump’s biggest obstacle early on to securing the GOP nomination.
He has also been one of Trump’s most “abiding defenders,” The Times noted.
In contrast, Pence endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz over Trump in the Republican primary.
Ed Rollins, a longtime Republican strategist affiliated with a “super PAC” supporting Trump, told the newspaper that Christie is now paying for those choices.
“He was such a lap dog and tried for it so hard; he ended up not just losing badly in the presidential stakes — I think he just looks much weaker than he was before by his rabid pursuit of Trump,” Rollins said. “It was not a glorious couple of years here, or for the citizens of the state.”
The Times went on to detail multiple occasions where Trump was said to have embarrassed Christie, to include an initial report this week that he would announce the selection of Pence in New Jersey — it will happen in Manhattan.
In light of it all, Democratic strategist Julie Roginsky may have summed things up best.
“It’s death by humiliation,” Roginsky said. “Slow, twisting and played out in public, like a reality show elimination.”
Maybe someone will get around to asking Christie how he actually feels, but what fun is that, right?
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