New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) maintained that he was not and has never been held hostage by the Donald Trump campaign during a Friday appearance on the “Tonight Show.”
Christie was repeatedly pressed by host Jimmy Fallon to defend his support for the bombastic GOP presidential frontrunner, and to explain his awkward stone-faced appearance at Trump’s side during Trump’s Super Tuesday victory speech.
“You look like you were having a blast,” Fallon said sarcastically. “Were you being held hostage at this time?”
“This is what you would look like if you were standing behind Jay Leno when he was doing his monologue,” Christie said, prompting groans from the crowd.
“If you’re used to talking, it’s awkward not to talk,” he continued. “So if you’re standing there, I’m listening.”
After Fallon pulled out a cardboard cutout of Christie and positioned it behind Christie’s shoulder, the New Jersey governor maintained that it was not “distracting” and instead cut a “serious” figure.
Christie tried to keep the mood light, joking that he would have supported Fallon had he run for president, but got few laughs from the audience.
Watch the interview below.