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July 19, 2016

Christie Backtracks From Claim on Sandy Giving by Trump

A spokesman for Chris Christie said Monday that the New Jersey governor “misspoke” earlier in the day when he said Donald Trump donated to a state fund to help victims of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the Associated Press reports.

Mr. Christie told Michigan delegates to the GOP convention in Cleveland that Mr. Trump, whom the party is set to nominate for president Tuesday, was one of the first people his wife, Mary Pat, called as leader of the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. The governor quoted Mr. Trump as responding, “How much does the check need to be? Just tell me and I’ll send it.”

Mr. Trump was not among 151 people and companies listed in the relief fund’s final report as having given at least $25,000, and there is no donation to the fund in the Donald J. Trump Foundation’s tax records for the period. Christie spokesman Brian Murray said Mr. Trump “has given to other New Jersey charities, including the Drumthwacket Foundation.” That nonprofit, also headed by Ms. Christie, supports New Jersey gubernatorial residence.

Mr. Trump has come under close media scrutiny for his repeated and, as yet, unproven assertions of large donations to various charitable causes, but he has not publicly claimed to have given to Sandy relief efforts.