Former Donald Trump aide Sam Nunberg told Politico that he made up the viral story of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R.) going on a McDonald's run for then-candidate Trump.
In a lengthy profile published Friday on Christie as he prepares to leave Trenton, author Josh Dawsey said Nunberg told him he "he made up the story to embarrass Christie."
"Sam Nunberg, a former Trump aide, told me he made up the story to embarrass Christie—and that it spread like wildfire," Dawsey wrote.
"The sad reality is that it was believable," Nunberg said.
The fake story first was first told through the New Yorkerwho wrote's Ryan Lizza, "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."
Nunberg was fired from Trump's campaign last year after past racially charged Facebook posts he wrote reemerged. Shortly before the election, he trashed Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner as "an absolute joke."
Christie addressed other perceived indignities he endured at Trump's hand in the Politico piece, including the clip where Trump told him to get on the plane and "go home." Christie said it was not a sign of disrespect.
"People were acting like it was a fucking punishment," he said. "The guy gave me his smaller plane and said, ‘Leave early so you don’t have to wait for me, because you’ve been so great to me the last two days doing this for two days.’ And then asshole reporters write that he was like, ‘Get Chris off the stage.' That’s the stuff that drives you crazy."