A New Jersey state trooper, Sean Cullen, died on March 7 while responding to a car fire. Due to several injuries sustained, the 31-year-old trooper died within a few hours.
While New Jersey's Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno attended Cullen’s funeral at Saint Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church in Cinnaminson Township, Gov. Chris Christie had far more important things to take care of — such as campaigning for Donald Trump.
Christie was seen with the Republican presidential front-runner in Hickory, North Carolina, instead of being present for the trooper’s funeral.
Apparently, this is not the first time the governor has done something like this. The former White House hopeful previously missed funerals for two others officers — Port Authority Police Officer Eamonn Mautone in January and New Jersey State Police Trooper Eli McCarson in December 2015 — because he was too busy campaigning for the presidential race.
Though during his campaign, Christie made respect for law enforcement one of his main issues and spoke a great deal about it, his actions show that he has little to no regard for officers and lawmakers, and that Trump’s campaign — and very much related, Christie's quest for power in a possible Trump administration — is all that really matters to the governor.
Interestingly, the boorish billionaire is also playing his cards well, and with no regard to all the support from the Christie, the presidential candidate has been humiliating Christie over and over again.
During an appearance on Monday at Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport in Vienna, Ohio, Trump was busy calling out John Kasich for not paying attention to his duties as governor since he was too involved campaigning for president. He took the opportunity to point fingers at Christie for the same thing. “Where’s Chris? Is Chris around? Even more than Chris Christie he was there,” Trump said about Kasich. “I hated to do that, but I had to make my point,” he told the governor.