Donald Trump may have coasted to a major blowout on Super Tuesday — but it was his supporter and former rival Chris Christie who stole the show at the Republican front-runner's late-night press conference.
The New Jersey governor's inscrutable expression — on display as he stood behind a triumphant Trump in Palm Beach, Florida — became an Internet sensation.
Republican Congressman Justin Amash of Michigan joked on Twitter that Christie standing behind Trump was "like a hostage situation."
Christie's curious look lasted for a few minutes as Trump touted his win, and social media users took notice. That led the hashtag #FreeChrisChristie to start trending Tuesday night.
Christie is facing a backlash after endorsing the real estate tycoon-turned-politician last week. On Tuesday, six New Jersey newspapers called for him to resign, while a New Hampshire newspaper said it regrets endorsing his failed presidential bid.
Christie quit his campaign last month after he failed to gain traction in a crowded field.