Chris Christie's been swallowing anything Donald Trump serves him for months, so are you really surprised that the president told Chris Christie to eat the meatloaf, and Chris Christie ate the meatloaf?
This is not a metaphor.
"I'm telling you the meatloaf is fabulous," said Donald Trump, according to the Republican governor of New Jersey himself. The strong endorsement of the White House meatloaf was a formality. Christie had no choice in the matter.
"This is what it's like to be with Trump," said Christie.