Despite the expression of blank panic that so often takes ahold of Chris Christie's face when the New Jersey governor appears beside Donald Trump, he insists he is not "being held hostage" by the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. However, a New Yorker report published Monday indicates that Christie may have taken on a servile role in the presence of The Donald. He's supposedly been downgraded from a presidential contender to handling Trump's fast food orders. Ryan Lizza wrote that, "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."
Granted, this is hardly an airtight eyewitness account, but it's certainly going to send tongues wagging. Christie and Trump were actually friends long before the election, having been introduced by Trump's sister, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry. As The New York Times reported in March, "Once they started to compete to be the Republican nominee, the friendship became strained." Still, Christie was one of the first Republican presidential dropouts to back Trump.
However, since then, some have observed Trump taking on a, shall we say, bossier role in the relationship. In addition to Christie's hostage demeanor on stage, in May, Trump advised Christie to pay off his presidential campaign debt: "No more Oreos." While perhaps a joke about Trump's professed boycott of Oreos (as he talked of Nabisco moving a cookie plant from Chicago to Mexico), others saw it as a jab at Christie's weight.