Chris Christie, who once told a heckler to "sit down and shut up," found himself doing essentially that on Monday as he interviewed coddled real estate mogul Donald Trump during a rally in North Carolina.
A starry-eyed Christie, once a serious contender for the presidency, fawned over the GOP front-runner and his candidacy while he basically delivered a standard stump speech. The event was interrupted several times by protesters, resulting in awkward images of the two men sitting silently on stage while security removed the protesters from the audience.
Here's a sampling of some of Christie's questions:
“You're talked a lot at recent rallies about how you want to unify this country, and how divided the country is now by this president, and how you want to unify them. And I think people would love to hear about the way you want to do that."
“You've talked a lot about how important education is in your life. As president, you have some idea about that, that you should tell folks about."
"I know you have serious plans on how to rebuild our military ... they want to hear what kind of commander-in-chief you’ll be."
"I’ve heard you say many times before, as commander-in-chief ... you’ll have the backs of fighting men and women. ..."
“I’d love to hear you talk about ... what kind of father you’ve been."
And then there was this gem:
“You’re seen as one of the greatest capitalists in American history. ..."
Meanwhile, in New Jersey, Christie's deputy was tasked with attending the funeral of a New Jersey state trooper who was killed in the line of duty last week.
Watch the video of the interview above.