Gym shorts sold on eBay weren’t really Christie’s, governor’s office says
What one lucky online auction winner perceived as a “once in a lifetime chance to own something unique,” ended up coming up short.
Just three days after paying $380 for a pair of "big gym shorts" alleged to have been owned and signed by Gov. Chris Christie, the governor's office is reporting that the shorts never actually belonged to the former GOP presidential candidate.
"They are not his shorts nor was it his signature," Christie's spokesperson Kevin Roberts confirmed Tuesday.
The auction, which ended Saturday, garnered 32 bids — many of which came from the ultimate winner of the 60-inch waist, dark blue, cotton shorts.
The eBay post states that the shorts were the property of one of Christie’s former employees.
“These shorts were won at a fundraising auction by the Governor at the beginning of his term. Chris Christie raffled off the shorts and signed them at the event,” the seller, jackrose104, states in the post.
The shorts are signed: “‘Stay in shape’ Best wishes Chris Christie Gov. NJ. ”
According to the seller, the former owner of the shorts decided to allow the auction them because he is “disillusioned about the situation involving Christie and Trump.” After dropping out of the presidential race, Christie endorsement Donald Trump.
NJ 101.5 was not able to confirm the legitimacy of the post prior to the statement from Christie's office, nor did we find references in news stories to the charity event referenced in the eBay listing describing the shorts’ origins.
However, the eBay auction post does say that if the winner isn't satisfied with the gym shorts, he or she can get a refund.
“We cannot guarantee that the shorts were ever worn by the owner, they probably were, but no film footage, but if not satisfied we will give your money back,” the post states.
The seller could not be reached for comment.
Toniann Antonelli is a social content producer for NJ 101.5. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Twitter @ToniRadio1015.