Who will Donald Trump pick as his running mate? From a nonverbal communication perspective, this image (with Trump Shaking Indiana Governor Mike Pence's hand while Christie looks on) provides a glimpse into the Chris Christie's mind. The Governor of New Jersey is certainly not known for his poker face - and this moment is no exception.
In this close-up view of Christie, we can see his clear display of two emotions - both Disgust and Anger. Of these two, disgust is a bit more prominent (approximately 60/40). His eyebrows are pulled down and inward with tension in his (right) lower eyelid - these findings are indicative of anger. His lower face (mouth) is projecting both feelings (If you configure your own mouth similarly, you will even begin to feel these two emotions). Christie's mid-face also displays significant tells - with his "Mustache area" tightening and his nostril(s) flaring.
Take home point: Chris Christie feels both disgust and anger toward his fellow republican Governor - which indicates that he believes Pence has the inside track to Trump's VP pick.
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