Christie defends skipping state trooper funeral

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he would not have attended the funeral of a state trooper even if he was in the state rather than campaigning for Donald Trump. Christie told reporters Tuesday that he would have attended a groundbreaking in northern New Jersey if he was in the state. He skipped Monday’s funeral of Trooper Sean Cullen, who died after being struck by a driver as he responded to a car fire. Christie has missed three police officer funerals while campaigning since December. He attended a state trooper’s funeral in June before announcing his failed presidential campaign.