Gov. Chris Christie (R) missed a New Jersey state trooper’s funeral on Monday because he was campaigning out-of-state with GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpFighting for affordable energy could remake presidential race Trump claims Democrats are making up polls Hanks: Trump's 'suspense' comment a 'gift' for 'SNL' MORE, a new report says.
Christie appeared with Trump in Hickory, N.C., rather than attending the ceremony in Cinnaminson, N.J., according to NJ.com.
NJ.com said that New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R) attended Cullen’s funderal at Saint Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church in Cinnaminson Township without Christie. Cullen was then immediately laid to rest at Lakeview Memorial Park in the same township, it reported.
Christie on Monday interviewed Trump in North Carolina, asking the outspoken billionaire about recent protests and violence surrounding his campaign events.
"There is no violence,” Trump told Christie. "You know how many people have been hurt at our rallies? I think like basically none, other than I guess somebody got hit once. But there’s no violence.”
NJ.com reported on Monday that Christie, himself a former GOP presidential candidate, has missed two other funerals for New Jersey officers while on the campaign trail.
Christie was absent for ceremonies honoring Port Authority Police Officer Eamonn Mautone in January, it added, and New Jersey State Police Trooper Eli McCarson in December 2015.
The New Jersey governor spent two days vacationing in Florida last week, NJ.com also added, noting it could not determine whether he stayed at a Trump resort during his visit.
Christie endorsed Trump late last month, surprising political onlookers after repeatedly challenging the business mogul’s legitimacy for the White House during his own Oval Office bid. Six New Jersey newspapers responded by publishing a joint-editorial on March 1 calling for Christie’s resignation.