CINNAMINSON, N.J. (CBS) — The head of the New Jersey State Trooper’s Fraternal Association is calling out Governor Chris Christie for skipping a Trooper’s funeral to attend a campaign event with Donald Trump in North Carolina.
Christie joined Trump in Hickory, North Carolina on Monday on stage for a question and answer session. Christie asked Trump questions about his campaign platform.
While the two were on stage, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno and hundreds of troopers in Cinnaminson paid respects to Trooper Sean Cullen, who was killed last week after he was hit by a car.
“We are focused on honoring our fallen brother today, and quite frankly we did not expect someone who has consistently shown disdain for law enforcement to pay his respects to the Cullen and State Police family. May Sean rest in peace. A wonderful family, tragic. The Governor’s decision making is predicated on selfish political opportunism, that much is clear,” State Trooper’s Fraternal Association President Christopher J. Burgos said in a statement.
When Governor Chris Christie ended his dreams to become the 45th President of the United States, he told New Jersey residents his focus was on his state. Days later, he endorsed Donald Trump and has been with Trump on Many campaign events.
Eyewitness News reached out to Christie’s office for comment about missing the funeral and we asked for a response to Burgos’ statement. We did not hear back. Christie said in a press conference earlier this month, he will not be a full time campaign surrogate for Donald Trump.